Special 2021 Awards for Canine Excellence arrive on ESPN


This hour-long special will dive deep into the stories of these five remarkable dogs and why they were selected as this year’s winners in their respective categories from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominations. The five award categories include: Exemplary companion, search and rescue, assistance dog, therapy dog ​​and service in K-9 uniform.

The show is hosted by Sportscaster, Carolyn Manno with comments from the AKC Executive Secretary, Gina DiNardo and editor-in-chief of the AKC Gazette, Boccone Bud.

“It’s no surprise that these five wonderful dogs were selected as this year’s ACE winners,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary of the American Kennel Club. “Each of their unique stories is a testament to the countless ways dogs impact our lives every day. We are honored to be able to highlight these special dogs on ESPN2 with this show.”

ACE Award recipients in each category will receive $ 1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year supply of Eukanuba dog food and an engraved sterling silver medallion. The 2021 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence are proudly sponsored by EUKANUBA â„¢ premium dog nutrition.

Mark your calendars now for AKC Heroes: 2021 Awards for Canine Excellence broadcast on ESPN2 and the ESPN app on December 2sd To 11 p.m. ET. Check your local listings for multiple reruns on ESPN networks.

AKC Humanitarian Fund, Inc. unites animal lovers in promoting the joy and value of having a responsible pet through education, awareness and grant making. The Fund provides financial grants to shelters for victims of domestic violence and breed rescue organizations and awards scholarships to students in professions that strengthen the human-animal bond. The AKC Humane Fund Canine Excellence Awards are presented annually to promote the important role dogs play in our lives. Contributions to the AKC Humane Fund are fully tax deductible, as permitted by law under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS Code. For more information, visit www.akchunefund.org.

The American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a non-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest purebred dog registry and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in United States. The AKC is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs, and breeding for type and function. With over 5,000 licensed and member clubs and affiliated organizations, the AKC champions the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and welfare, strives to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Over 22,000 AKC registered purebred and mixed breed competitions are held annually in accordance with AKC rules and regulations, including conformation, agility, obedience, rallying, tracking, breeding, lure racing, coonhound trials, hunt tests, field tests and dirt dogs. AKC affiliate organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite, and AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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