Nominations are now open and winners will be announced in fall 2016.
Each year, the AKC Humane Fund pays tribute to five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community.
Since the creation of the awards in 2000, 80 ACEs have been awarded to dogs of 32 different breeds and one mixed-breed dog from 28 states.
Former ACE dogs have included a police K-9 who uncovered the work of a serial killer and a family pet who saved her owner from a bear attack, among dozens of other incredible pups.
One award is given in each of the following five categories:
--Uniformed Service K-9: Eligibility: Full-time working K-9s in the realms of city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; emergency services.
--Exemplary Companion: Eligibility: Dogs without formal training or certification who have nonetheless distinguished themselves in some way that has made a meaningful contribution to the life of his owner or community.
--Search and Rescue: Eligibility: Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people.
--Therapy: Eligibility: Certified therapy dogs working in hospitals, schools, disaster sites, war zones, and wherever else the affection of a good dog can provide comfort.
--Service: Eligibility: Certified service dogs who enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners. Including but not limited to guide dogs for the blind, seizure-alert dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs.
Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination form. Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2016 must include:
--A non-returnable, original print or digital photograph of the dog. All digital photos must be larger than 1MB in size and a minimum of 300 dpi. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.
--A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
--Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.
--Owner’s/Nominator’s name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.
--Nominations will be accepted through July 31 and should be submitted here, with a photo sent to email@example.com, or mailed with a photo to: ACE Awards 2016, The AKC Humane Fund, 260 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, New York 10016.
For more information, head to www.akc.org.