Monday, June 16, 2008

Legislative Proposals Will Drive Home and Hobby Breeders Out of New York
Force owners to surgically sterilize puppies

An open letter to New York State legislators:

The Dog Federation of New York is a coalition of individual dog owners and dog-related organizations committed to responsible ownership. Our membership spans the State of New York and includes dog and pet related clubs, organizations and individuals. We share a commitment to strong and humane animal welfare laws.

We write to emphatically oppose A 11509 and S 8546, bills regarding "pet dealers" which dramatically change the definition and regulation of dog (and cat) breeders in New York. If enacted, we believe that the regulations, restrictions and requirements placed on dog breeders will shut down all but the very largest commercial facilities, thereby depriving New Yorkers of access to locally bred, locally raised dogs and puppies. In addition to depriving thousands of New Yorkers of their hobbies, the proposal would make us all dependent on dogs and puppies imported from great distances when we look for pets and working companions.

Clearly, this is not a step in right direction – not for pets, not for the people who love them. We urge our elected representatives to oppose A11509 and S8546. They will work to the detriment of animal welfare in New York State.

The Dog Federation of New York is committed to helping New York ‘s elected officials respond appropriately to the concerns we all share: protecting the health and safety of the citizens of New York, promoting strong and humane animal welfare laws, and helping New York remain a dog-friendly, dog-safe place to live. We would be pleased to work with you to accomplish these goals.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

DFNY Responsible Dog Owner classes in Islip and Huntington!

You’ve Got a New Puppy. Now What?

Supervisor Nolan and Dog Federation of New York Unleash Second Round of Classes for 2008

(from Town of Islip news)

Islip, NY - After partnering on a successful program of responsible dog owner classes, Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan and the Dog Federation of New York have unleashed the final installment of the 2008 schedule for their Responsible Dog Owner Class. “This class has been a major success - the May classes were full even before we announced the dates,” said Supervisor Nolan. “I encourage other municipalities to offer classes like this, which benefit our residents, our pet population and everyone who comes in contact with a dog whose owner has taken the course.” The FREE, two-hour class features commentary and training tips by professional trainers, veterinarians and other dog-related professionals. The class educates both first-time and veteran dog owners with a fun learning opportunity. As thanks for coming, participants will receive free goodie bags loaded with treats and toys for dogs. However, please note this class is for people only. Parents are encouraged to bring children over the age of ten.

Classes are held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: June 11th and 25th (classes are full)
July 9th and 23rd
August 13th and 27th
September 10th and 24th
October 8th and 22nd
November 5th and 19th
December 3rd and 17th
Interested dog owners should call this Town number at (631) 224-5640 to reserve a spot in an upcoming class.


The Town of Huntington partners with the Dog Federation of New York to offer responsible dog ownership classes. This is the second town to join this successful program.

The first class will be held on Tuesday, June 17th at 6 PM. For more information you may contact Nancy Hassel at