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American Kennel Club to Recognize Ridgewood with a Dog-Friendly Community Award


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American Kennel Club to Recognize Ridgewood with a Dog-Friendly Community Award

Bergen County Town to be First Recipient of AKC Dog-Friendly Community Award

New York — The American Kennel Club announced its decision to recognize the Village of Ridgewood, NJ with its first-ever “AKC Dog-Friendly Community Award.”

The award presentation will take place on Saturday, February 8 at 1pm in the Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood.   The Park’s “dog run” will serve as the location for the event. *

New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs (NJFDC) President Jeffrey Ball will lead the event along with representatives from the American Kennel Club.  They will be joined by Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn, Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck and other members of the Ridgewood Village Council and Government.  Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan also plans to attend.

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The event will be open to the public and will be followed by a reception 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood Village Hall Community Center, which is at 131 North Maple Street.

People are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event at the park.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently established a new national award, the “AKC Dog-Friendly Community Award,” to honor dog-friendly communities for actions taken to promote responsible dog ownership in that community.  These actions could include establishing a responsible dog ownership committee, hosting events promoting responsible dog ownership, holding community educational programs or any other actions that advance the well-being of dogs and the residents of the town.

In December, the AKC announced its decision to make Ridgewood the first recipient of the award.

* In the case of inclement weather, the event may be moved to the Ridgewood Village Hall.