Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Pensacola Dog Fanciers Association was established and became an AKC member club in 1936. It remains a nonprofit 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 maintaining a camaraderie and venue for activities between enthusiasts.
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 dog 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 play 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 canine pets.