The Greater Monroe Kennel Club members participate in a wide
variety of activities for, with, and about dogs. Read below how
you can join in and get involved.

Turning Point

Turning Point is a local battered women's shelter. Every Christmas the Greater
Monroe Kennel Club sponsors one or two families to provide gifts for mother and
children.  Each family makes out a list of needed and wanted items and the
members of GMKC answer the request.... with lots extras.  Gifts are of clothes,
coats, shoes, gift certificates, toys, toiletries and a host of other very needed
Sponsorship of Turning Point works also with our Project Pet Safe

Project Pet Safe

When a woman and her children enter the Battered Woman’s Shelter she doesn’t want to leave her pets
behind.  Many women will often hesitate to leave an unsafe situation for fear of their pets being harmed or
neglected.  In co-operation with the Battered Woman’s Shelter our Pet Safe Project fosters the pets and
cares for them as long as the family remains with the shelter.  Which can be from a few days to several
months.  This often requires lots of reassurance to the women as well as the children that their pet will be
well cared for and returned.

Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) Testing

The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship test demonstrates the dog, as a companion of man, can
be a respected member of the community, and can be trained to always behave in the home, in public places
and in the presence of other dogs in a manner that will reflect credit on the dog. Testing is offered periodically.

If you have questions or would like more information about canine good citizenship testing, please contact
Emily Foster

Legislative Liaison

The Greater Monroe Kennel Club's legislative liaison committee monitors legislative activities at the national,
North Carolina state and local levels, that affect dogs and dog owners. The committee interacts with state
legislators and agency staff, as well as local units of government, as necessary, in an effort to ensure that
appropriate legislation, administrative rules and local ordinances are enacted and enforced. An additional
duty of the committee is to be aware of the involvement of the American Dog Owners Association and The
American Kennel Club.  As well as to check out pending legislation and voice your opinions to your legislator.

Current dog legislation information can be found at:
American Dog Owners Association, Inc.
* American Kennel Club, Inc. Canine Legislation News
* Breed-Specific Legislation Update
* Dog Federation of North Carolina, Inc.


From the American Kennel Club - Tracking website.
The purpose of a tracking test is to demonstrate the dog's ability to recognize and follow human scent, a skill
that is useful in the service of mankind.

Tracking, by nature, is a vigorous, noncompetitive outdoor sport. Tracking tests demonstrate the willingness
and enjoyment of the dog in its work, and should always represent the best in sportsmanship and
camaraderie by the people involved.
"We've all seen countless movies of dogs following the trail of an escapee through swamps. The AKC's
Tracking Trials allow dogs to demonstrate their natural ability to recognize and follow human scent. This
vigorous outdoor activity is great for canine athletes. Unlike Obedience events that require a dog to qualify 3
times, a dog must successfully complete only one track to earn his title.


From the American Kennel Club - Herding website.
The purpose of the competitive herding trial program is to preserve and develop the herding skills inherent in
the herding breeds and to demonstrate that they can perform the useful functions for which they were
originally bred. Although herding trials are artificial simulations of pastoral or farm situations, they are
standardized tests to measure and develop the characteristics of the herding breeds.

Dogs must have training and prior exposure to livestock before being entered in tests or trials. Both parent and
local clubs should provide opportunities for such training and exposure.

A dog is not required to work in any particular style. A dog may compete on whichever course its handler

Herding tests and trials are sports and all participants should be guided by the principles of good
sportsmanship both in and outside of the test and trial arenas.

To guarantee the full review of the suggestions from the herding community, the Herding Advisory Committee
should be contacted directly at, or through The American Kennel Club, Performance Events
Department, c/o Lisa Carroll, 5580 Centerview Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606-3390. While it will be impossible to
provide a reply to each individual message, the committee will carefully review all input, comments, and
Community Service
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Information on:
  • Turning Point
  • Project Pet Safe
  • Canine Good Citizenship
  • Legislative Liaison
  • Tracking
  • Herding
  • Community Service
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Information on:
  • Agility
  • Conformation
  • Health Clinics (Eye,
    Heart, Patella, BAER)
  • Union County Companion
    Animal Disaster Plan
  • Identification Clinics
    (Tattoo & Microchip)
  • Obedience
  • Rally