PENSACOLA DOG FANCIERS ASSOCIATION,
Pensacola Dog Fanciers Association was
established and became an AKC
licensed club in 1936. It remains a non profit organization
dedicated to the advancement of the sport of purebred dogs.
The purpose of the club is to promote responsible ownership,
health and training of purebred dogs while mainting a comraderie
and venue for activities between enthusiasts.
We put on two AKC sanctioned dog shows
per year, which involves a great deal of time, dedication,
volunteers and money. Both shows, one an all-breed show and
obedience/rally trial is held in early March (or the last
weekend in February); the other show is our all-breed Agility
Trial held in January. Both take place at the Escambia Equestrian
Center. Income from these events help support the educational
and community minded projects throughout the rest of the year.
Our Show Information Pages are UP!
Other events offered by PDFA are dependent upon the interests
of club members and their support in organizing it. At this
time, rally, barn hunts, lure coursing and herding events
are being supported.
PDFA has, in conjunction with Five Flags Dog Training Club,
stepped forward to fight against unfair legislation that included
breeding bans and mandatory neutering. We
also led the fight against privatization of our local animal
shelter. We were successful on both counts, but the more voices
that are heard by your legislators, the more effective we
can be. We have proven that our voice counts and we call on
all responsible pet owners to help us spread the word.
We try to help the area shelters and have donated items such
as food, large dog igloos for uncovered runs and stainless
steel bowls to the Escambia Animal Shelter. PDFA and Five
Flags Training Club donated oxygen masks for large and small
animals to all of the Escambia County Fire Stations. We have
held Bark in the Park events to raise money and public attention
to a drive for a large dog park that could be used for organized
dog events, since parks in Escambia do not allow dogs. Promised
7 acres in the original plans for the Escambia County Equestrian
Center, and that the paddocks at the Brosnaham Park would
remain for open use until that happened, the clubs discontinued
the drive for petitions. Meanwhile the city built far more
parks than the county has done and we continue to await a
fair decision for those dog owners in Escambia County to play
with their dogs in a manner that allows for off lead and planned
events in a safe environment. The Equestrian Center has worked
with the dog clubs to meet the needs of our AKC events where
they can, but we continue to work toward a large enclosed
area for events such as lure coursing and amenities that will
allow the Center to appeal to larger events in controlled
environments. These events bring visitors and money into the
community as well as allow for healthy and bonding experiences
for Escambia canine pets.
Members in the club have contact information
for those seeking information on specific breeds. As with
most all breed clubs, members are involved in breed rescue
through their breed clubs and often assist in relocating dogs
that, through no reason of their own, need new families. Breed
rescue serves as an outlet for those who are interested in
finding dogs of certain breeds that are usually through the
puppy stage, are already neutered or spayed, and have some
national club rescue contacts are listed through AKC.
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