The information below will appear on the website of the American Kennel Club later today. Posted below is an advance notice distributed to the AKC delegates of dog clubs across the country. It is provided here as a courtesy to dog owners and breeders in Maine who use the AKC registry and reminds you that you have a voice in regards to what changes are made in AKC registrations, transfers, and co-ownership restructured fees. If you own or breed a purebred dog that is registered with the American Kennel Club these changes will effect you. I encourage you to share your thoughts with your breed’s parent club and/or your Maine all breed club AKC delegate on the issues below:
STATEMENT FROM THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
AKC Registration, Transfer, and Co-Ownership Restructured Fees
The AKC Board of Directors voted unanimously at its October 2011 meeting to restructure the individual dog registration and co-ownership fees. This new fee structure will allow AKC to continue its good works for all dogs, including canine health research donations, search-and-rescue dog grants, lost dog recovery, kennel inspections, monitoring canine legislation, and promoting responsible dog ownership among other programs. AKC can also continue to provide the same level of quality vital services to clubs, exhibitors and breeders. This is the first registration fee increase since 2007 despite the continuing economic challenges facing the country and as a result the sport of purebred dogs.
As of January 1, 2012, the first-time individual dog registration fee and each basic transfer of ownership fee will increase to $30 per dog. This new fee structure also includes modifications to co-ownership. With the first-time individual dog registration as well as any subsequent transfer of dog ownership, one (1) primary owner will be listed with the $30 registration or transfer fee. In addition, a $10 fee will be added for each additional owner listed on the registration certificate.* The primary owner will receive the official AKC Registration Certificate and each additional owner will receive an e-mail only copy of the registration certificate. The e-mail copy will be clearly marked COPY, will not display the certificate issue date, and will not have the transfer form on the back.
Owners of AKC Registered Dogs will still receive the same benefits as before including:
· AKC Registration Certificate
· Complimentary Trial Pet Health Care Insurance
· Eligibility to Participate in AKC Events
· New Puppy Handbook and Optional discounted Registration Packages
As the nation’s only not-for-profit registry, we look forward to the continued support of dog owners through registration with the American Kennel Club. Together we will overcome the current challenges of the economy and continue our good works on behalf of all dogs.
*Co-owners of dams registering litter members to the litter owners will be exempt from this additional fee.