NEW YORK, January 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humanity, the AKC Humane FundSM is looking for YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Applications are open now until July, 1stst and winners will be announced in late 2022. Winners will be highlighted in a made-for-TV special created by AKC productions.

Each year, the AKC Humane Fund honors five dedicated and hardworking dogs for their significant contributions to an individual or to the community as a whole. Since its inception in 2000, 110 ACE awards have been given out. Past ACE recipients have included a Golden Retriever who surfs to raise money for charity and a Dalmatian who doubles as a pet and fire safety dog, among dozens of other dogs incredible.

“There are so many amazing dogs out there making life better for their human counterparts every day,” said Doug Ljungren, chairman of the AKC Humanitarian Fund. “The annual ACE Awards give us the opportunity to share the stories of these canine heroes in recognition of their contributions.”

A prize is awarded in each of the following five categories:

Uniformed Service K-9

Eligibility: K-9 working full-time in city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; fight against the fire ; customs and border patrol; emergency services.

Exemplary Companion

Eligibility: Dogs without formal training or certification who have nevertheless distinguished themselves in some way and made a significant contribution to their owners or communities.

Search and rescue

Eligibility: Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing persons.


Eligibility: Certified therapy dogs working in hospitals, schools, disaster sites, war zones and anywhere the affection of a good dog can bring comfort.

A service

Eligibility: Assistance dogs that enrich the lives of owners with physical or mental disabilities, including but not limited to guide dogs for the blind, knowledgeable dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs.

**(To note: Applicants performing therapy work without certification are considered in the Exemplary Journeyman category.)

The 2022 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence are proudly sponsored by Eukanuba™. Winners of the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) will receive $1,000 to donate to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year supply of Eukanuba premium dog nutrition and an engraved sterling silver tag.

Anyone, including the owner or handler, can submit a nomination. Past nominations are eligible for resubmission for these awards. Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2022 must include:

  • A digital photograph of the dog. Files must be larger than 1 MB and a minimum of 300 dpi. The photo must include uniquely the designated dog.
  • A description of 500 words or less of how the dog demonstrated excellence.
  • Call name, breed, age and sex of the dog.
  • Name(s), address, telephone number and email address of owner/applicant.

Applications will be accepted by July 1, 2022 and must be submitted here, with a photo sent to [email protected].

For more information on ACE awards or to nominate a dog, visit the AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) page.

The AKC Humanitarian FundSM promotes responsible pet ownership through education, awareness and grantmaking. Through its programs, the AKC Humane Fund supports parent club lifesaving activities; helps domestic violence shelters that allow pets and provides resources for responsible dog owner education. Contributions to the AKC Humane Fund are fully tax deductible, as permitted by law under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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