Friday, March 24, 2017

California's 'DOGS' is now an AKC State Federation!

We are pleased to announce that Dog Owners of the Golden State (“DOGS”) has been recognized by the American Kennel Club as a State Federation for California.


What is DOGS?

DOGS is simply a group of people and clubs joining together to inform the public about responsible dog ownership, to help protect the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders, and to advocate for effective canine legislation.

For example, DOGS already has been actively providing background information and support to fanciers in the Riverside area to help make their approach to proposed updates to the animal ordinance more effective.  DOGS is also preparing for a long legislative season in Sacramento.

As mentioned above, the AKC has recognized DOGS as a State Federation for California.

DOGS is part of USSPCO, a shelterless SPCA and 501(c)(3) organization incorporated by a group of California dog and cat fanciers in 2010, which makes your contributions tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Who’s involved with DOGS?

The founders of DOGS, Diane Amendola, Chuck Bridges, Geneva Coats, Jan Dykema, and Connie Koehler, are dog fanciers, exhibitors, and breeders just like you – several of them are even AKC judges.  In addition to having extensive of experience in their respective breeds, this core team has decades of experience in advocacy.

We’d like you to be a part of DOGS!

What can I do?

1.  Become active in your communities and the state in promoting responsible dog ownership and dog breeding.  And convince your friends and dog clubs to become active, too.

2.  Follow the activities of your city councils and county boards of supervisors.  Get to know your council members and supervisors – local fanciers are “canaries in the coal mine” when it comes to local threats to responsible dog ownership and dog breeding.  Be willing to speak at hearings . . . we are here to help you!

3.  Send this Email to your friends and the officers of your dog club.  Follow the Dog Owners of the Golden State Facebook page   Help organize and participate in events sponsored by DOGS.

4.  Send us an Email with your contact information to let us know how you are willing to help the DOGS organization succeed, such as volunteering to contact other fanciers, to plan or staff an event, or to help with our fundraising efforts.

5.  Contribute to Dog Owners of the Golden State and get your friends and dog clubs to contribute.  DOGS is an all-volunteer organization, but educational and advocacy activities still require cold, hard cash.  All contributions are very welcome, but here are some dog-show-themed suggestions:

            1st Place

            Individuals - $25
            Specialty, Obedience, and Performance Clubs - $50
            All Breed and Group Clubs - $150
            Individuals - $50
            Specialty, Obedience, and Performance Clubs - $100
            All Breed and Group Clubs - $300
            Best of Breed
            Individuals - $100
            Specialty, Obedience, and Performance Clubs - $200
            All Breed and Group Clubs - $600

(You notice we haven’t figured out what to do with the Groups and BIS . . . yet.)

We have a PayPal account set up –  or you can send us a check payable to Dog Owners of the Golden State.  We’ll also have a Web site set up and running in the next few days (
How do we contact you?

General Email:

Address:           Dog Owners of the Golden State
                        P. O. Box 355
                        Tracy, CA  95378-0355

Phone:              Chuck Bridges              (209) 815-3613 – Mobile
                        Geneva Coats               (909) 438-8242 – Mobile
                        Connie Koehler              (310) 717-4804 – Mobile

We at DOGS look forward to working with you all of you!

Chuck Bridges

Dog Owners of the Golden State
P. O. Box 355
Tracy, CA  95378-0355
(209) 815-3613 - Mobile
(866) 972-8373 - Toll Free

DOGS is an American Kennel Club State Federation for California.

DOGS is part of USSPCO, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization -- your contributions to DOGS are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  USSPCO's tax identification number is 27-2213981.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fwd: [CFODC] 2017 Nominations

2017 Nominations
accordance with Article II, Section 5(a) of the Bylaws of California Federation
of Dog Clubs, Inc., the Nominating Committee has nominated the following
qualified individuals for the designated offices:
President Charles H. Bridges, Jr. ("Chuck")
Vice President Judythe Coffman
Secretary Geneva R. Coats
Treasurer Jamie Winton-Rudolph
Director Janice Anderson
Director Janis A. Dykema ("Jan")
Director Carol R. Hamilton
Director Teri Kahn
Director Carole Raschella
II, Section 5(b) of the Bylaws allows for additional nominations for officers
and directors to be made by a petition.
The nominating petitions must be signed by at least five members – Individual
Members or delegates from Member Clubs. Each
petition must also be signed by the nominees indicating their willingness to
serve. Nominating petitions must be
received by the Secretary no later than sixty days before the annual meeting.
received the Nominating Committee's report on February7, 2016. The Bylaws require that the Nominating
Committee's report be received by the Secretary no later than ninety days
before the annual meeting and that that this notice be sent no later than
seventy-five days before the annual meeting.
Accordingly, the earliest date that the annual meeting can be held is
May 7, 2017. The actual date and
location of the annual meeting, when designated by the Board of Directors, will
be sent in a separate notice.
Dated: February
12, 2017
Geneva R. Coats
Geneva R. Coats, Secretary
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Legislative Alert: Judie Mancuso/SCIL sponsor pet legislation


Judi Mancuso, President of Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL, one of the sponsors of AB 1634, the statewide mandatory spay/bill introduced in 2007), announced SCIL's sponsorship of AB 485, the Pet Rescue & Adoption Act.  While the press release suggests that the new bill would require all dogs, cats, and rabbits offered for retail sale in California to be obtained solely from public or private animal shelters located in California and non-profit rescue groups, the actual language of the bill is vague.  Here's the entire text of the current bill (without the preamble):


"The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1. It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would promote the adoption of animals from shelters and rescue groups and encourage humane practices in the purchase of dogs and cats offered for retail sale in California."


AB 485 looks like it's going to be a "gut and amend" bill, and we can expect, given SCIL's history, that the bill will become anti-breeder and anti-owner as it progresses through the state legislature.


Here's a link to SCIL's press release:


Here's a link to the text of AB 485:


Finally, please be aware that the situation for unowned pets has improved continuously since at the least 1970s across the U.S. and particularly in California.  Here's a link to recent Washington Post article that discusses a possible shortage of available dogs in the future and points out the vastly inflated statistics on shelter killing used by Animal Rights extremists:


Maddie's Fund reached a similar conclusion, that the shift of a few percentage points in demand for shelter dogs would empty shelters, a few years ago.  Interestingly, Nathan Winograd, the founder of the No Kill movement commented on the possibility of a shortage of dogs, "If we still haven't met market demand — which would surprise me — then let's look to our neighbors to our south before we say, 'Let's start producing more.'"  Of course, we're already seeing unowned dogs being imported from Asia and Mexico to meet the demand for rescued dogs.


Please be aware of the potential of AB 485 and standby for further updates




Chuck Bridges


California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc.


Déjà Vu Chow Chows

AKC Breeders of Merit

P. O. Box 355

Tracy, CA  95378-0355

(209) 835-6530 - Home

(209) 815-3613 - Mobile


California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.





Friday, August 26, 2016


Agenda of Annual Meeting of Member Clubs and Individual Members

In accordance with Article II, Section 1 of its Bylaws, this is the Annual Meeting of Member Clubs and Individual Members of California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc.  This meeting is being held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM on the show grounds of the Simi Valley Kennel Club, Inc., Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA  93105. 
Official notice of this meeting was sent electronically to all members on July 21, 2016.

The order of business shall be as follows:

Roll call of members
Minutes of the last annual meeting
Report of the Board
Report of the President
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasurer – review of bank balances
Report of Committees – none
Announcement of newly elected Officers and Directors

    President        Charles H. Bridges, Jr. (“Chuck”)
    Vice President        Judythe Coffman
    Secretary        Geneva R. Coats
    Treasurer        Jamie Winton-Rudolph
    Director        Janice Anderson
    Director        Janis A.  Dykema (“Jan”)
    Director        Carol R. Hamilton
    Director        Teri Kahn
    Director        Carole Raschella

Unfinished Business
New Business
General Discussion

In the absence of the President, Vice President Judythe Coffman and the Officers and Directors will review the activities of the past year:

    Legislative Activities
        Whittier and follow-up event
        Kern County
        Santa Paula
    Current Legislative Issues   
    Nathan Winograd Event
    Breed ID Workshop Update
    Fire Responses
        General Update
        Butte Fire (Amador County)
        Topanga-Calabasas Fire (Los Angeles County)
        Erskine Fire (Kern County
        Sand Fire (Los Angeles County
        Blue Cut Fire (San Bernardino County)
    Disaster Program/Disaster Trailer Update
    Membership Program
    Reestablishment of California tax-exempt status.

California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fire Season

You all know that fire season in California started early this year. Judy Coffman, our Vice President, monitors wildfires and contacts local Incident Command staff for each fire that expands beyond a local brush fire to offer support for animal evacuations – usually animal food or shelter supplies. So far this year we haven’t needed to dispatch either of CFODC’s disaster response trailers, but we have provided animal food for evacuees of the Topanga-Calabasas and Erskine Fires and have provided requested supplies for the Sand and Blue Cut Fires. The Blue Cut Fire, currently active in San Bernardino County, has burned almost 26,000 acres and is 4% contained (by comparison, the Clayton Fire in Lake County has burned 4,000 acres and is 50% contained).

We appreciate all of our members. Some of our members have also made additional donations beyond their basic membership dues. I’d like to single out Contra Costa County Kennel Club, Bulldog Club of Northern California, Irish Terrier Club of Northern California, Ed & Mary-Jean Odron, Schipperke Club of Southern California, Tehachapi Mountain Dog Fanciers, and Valerie J. Vihlen Schluter for their generosity this year (Santa Maria Kennel Club also has a long history of supporting CFODC through additional donations).

The fact is we are going to deplete our Disaster Relief Fund this year. Our policy is to meet the current needs of animals evacuated in disasters; we will not hold back assistance in anticipation of future needs from future fires. Consequently, if you or your club has not joined CFODC, please consider joining and making an additional donation to support our disaster relief activities. If you know of other fanciers and clubs who haven’t joined CFODC, please encourage them to join, too. I wish I had the nerve to ask you for $19.00 a month in exchange for a picture of a pitiful looking dog. We have a much different appeal, donate to help animals and their owners in California and show the public that the fancy cares.

Again, thanks for your support.

Best regards,

Chuck Bridges
California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc.

Déjà Vu Chow Chows
AKC Breeders of Merit
P. O. Box 355
Tracy, CA 95378-0355
(209) 835-6530 - Home
(209) 815-3613 - Mobile

California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Thursday, July 28, 2016

SB 898 - Make nonprofit animal blood banks exempt from sales tax.

SB 898- Make nonprofit animal blood banks exempt from sales tax



SB 898 was drafted to clarify and enumerate the sales tax exemption for the sale of animal blood, blood products, and derivatives by a licensed nonprofit animal blood bank.  The clarification was necessary as sales tax audit by California's State Board of Equalization of Hemopet, a nonprofit animal blood bank established in 1991 by Jean Dodds, DVM, had resulted in an assessment in excess of $100,000.  SB 898 as drafted would have specifically exempted the sale of animal blood and related products from sales tax and directed the BOE to cancel its assessment.  Here's a link to information on the bill.<nguyen>


SB 898 was passed unanimously by the California Senate.  Unfortunately, the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation passed the bill with amendments that would allow the BOE to collect the prior sales taxes from Hemopet, essentially putting it out of business.  The next stop is the Assembly Committee on Appropriations where SB 898 is scheduled to heard on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.


Here's what I'm asking you to do:


1.  Contact the members of the Committee on Appropriations to encourage them to pass an additional amendment protecting nonprofit animal blood banks from the levy of past sales and use taxes.


Assembly Committee on Appropriations


Lorena S. Gonzalez (Chair)


T:  (916) 319-2080

F:  (916) 319-2180


Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair)


T:  (916) 319-2005

F:  (916) 319-2105


Richard Bloom


T:  (916) 319-2050

F:  (916) 319-2150


Susan A. Bonilla


T:  (916) 319-2014

F:  (916) 319-2114


Rob Bonta


T:  (916) 319-2018

F:  (916) 319-2118


Ian C. Calderon


T:  (916) 319-2057

F:  (916) 319-2157


Ling Ling Chang


T:  (916) 319-2055

F:  (916) 319-2155


Tom Daly


T:  (916) 319-2069

F:  (916) 319-2169


Susan Talamantes Eggman


T:  (916) 319-2013

F:  (916) 319-2113


James Gallagher


T:  (916) 319-2003

F:  (916) 319-2103


Eduardo Garcia


T:  (916) 319-2056

F:  (916) 319-2156


Chris R. Holden


T:  (916) 319-2041

F:  (916) 319-2141


Brian W. Jones


T:  (916) 319-2071

F:  (916) 319-2171


Jay Obernolte


T:  (916) 319-2033

F:  (916) 319-2133


Bill Quirk


T:  (916) 319-2020

F:  (916) 319-2120


Miguel Santiago


T:  (916) 319-2053

F:  (916) 319-2153


Donald P. Wagner


T:  (916) 319-2068

F:  (916) 319-2168


Shirley N. Weber


T:  (916) 319-2079

F:  (916) 319-2179


Jim Wood


T:  (916) 319-2002

F:  (916) 319-2102


Assembly Appropriations Committee

Attn:  Luke Reidenbach, Senior Consultant

T:  (916) 319-2081

F:  (916) 319-2181


2.  Contact the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation:


Sebastian Ridley-Thomas


T:  (916) 319-2054

F:  (916) 319-2154


3.  Jean Dodds and her husband Charles Berman plan to call on Assemblymembers in Sacramento on Monday, August 1, 2016.  If you're available, join them.




I've attached copies of letters provided by Hemopet, AKC, and CFODC for your reference.


For additional information, please contact Charles Berman at .


Thank you all for your help!


Best regards,


Chuck Bridges


California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc.


Déjà Vu Chow Chows

AKC Breeders of Merit

P. O. Box 355

Tracy, CA  95378-0355

(209) 835-6530 - Home

(209) 815-3613 - Mobile


California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Colton MSN/BSL hearing tonight

Faxed to 909-370-5192

City of Colton

650 N. La Cadena Dr.

Colton, CA 92324

April 18, 2016

Dear Mayor DeLaRosa and City Council members,

The California Federation of Dog Clubs is an association of thousands of dog clubs and owners across the State of California. Formed in 1990, the CFoDC works tirelessly to promote animal welfare, educate the public regarding responsible animal ownership, and protect the rights of responsible animal owners. We administer a disaster relief fund, conduct breed ID workshops for shelter personnel, provide educational information on responsible pet ownership, and man a toll-free assistance line for animal owners who need advice regarding pet training and behavioral issues. We support animal legislation with proven positive benefits to society.

The CFODC is OPPOSED to the mandated sterilization of pets, regardless of exemptions. Some of the reasons for our opposition include:

The ASPCA, the No Kill Advocacy Center, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Kennel Club and many other animal welfare groups are OPPOSED to mandatory sterilization because it creates more problems than it solves.

Sterilization laws increase the numbers of dogs entering our shelters. The Downtown Dog Rescue Project in South LA documented that owners choose to surrender their dogs to shelters primarily due to the costs of the surgical procedure. This is particularly true for low and middle-income working families and seniors. A 2014 PetSmart Charities survey found that 30% of owners with intact pets said that the cost of spay/neuter was the primary reason for surrendering their pet to a shelter.

Coercive sterilization laws and excessive animal-related fees result in increased shelter intakes and deaths anywhere they are tried. Fewer people will reclaim their pets due to high costs. Los Angeles has seen a steep rise in shelter intakes since implementing its own mandatory spay/neuter law. So has Memphis, Tennessee.

Coercive sterilization laws discourage dog owners from licensing their dogs to avoid compliance. After implementing its own spay/neuter law, LA County saw an 11% drop in licensing compliance while licensing in the rest of the state increased by 37%.

Mandatory sterilization is costly to enforce.

Revenues will drop, as owners will increasingly avoid licensing and forced surgery on their pets. There will be even LESS money for the needed enforcement.

Oppressive forced sterilization laws have resulted in increased incidence of RABIES in some areas, as owners who avoid licensing may also fail to vaccinate for rabies. This creates a dire risk to human health. Fort Worth TX repealed their mandatory spay-neuter law due to increased cases of rabies exposure.

Dogs are being smuggled in by the thousands now, from Mexico and other countries, to meet the demand for pets. Mandatory sterilization creates a black market for dogs and puppies. Black market pets bring rabies and parasites along with them.

Feral cats comprise the majority of shelter intakes, and sterilization mandates do not help feral cats. The only result is that Good Samaritans who care for feral cats are punished. Existing leash and confinement laws should be enforced. Sterilization does NOT prevent roaming.

There is no evidence to support the assertion that shelter intakes are caused by animals bred locally. Most puppies are sold outside of the local area where they are born.

Over 80% of owned dogs and 93% of owned cats are voluntarily sterilized in the US today, making coercive sterilization mandates unnecessary.

Mandated surgery disproportionately affects seniors and low-income families, making pet ownership financially burdensome for these groups.

And finally, forced sterilization of our pets raises direct animal welfare issues. Dogs neutered or spayed when immature have a greatly increased risk of health problems, most notably orthopedic disorders such as hip dysplasia and patellar luxation, but also life-threatening cancers including osteosarcoma, hemagiosarcoma, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, mast cell tumors, and lymphosarcoma. In addition, spay/neuter particularly when done at an early age predisposes dogs to hypothyroidism, vaccine reactions and infectious disease. Contrary to popular belief, recent studies show that sterilization increases the risk of aggressive behavior in dogs. Certainly, as a matter of animal welfare, the decision to sterilize our dogs should be left up to dog owners in consultation with their veterinarians.

In addition to the troublesome mandatory pediatric spay/neuter provisions, we note that you target a specific breed type for the imposition of certain restrictions and penalties. We OPPOSE breed-specific legislation. Breed-specific legislation is a dismal failure everywhere and is being repealed in many locales across the nation. It is not only unfair, it is ineffective as a problem-solving measure.

The CFODC is OPPOSED to measures which impose numeric pet limits on households. Such limit laws result in a greater number of animals relinquished to shelters, with fewer households allowed to provide shelter pets with much needed homes.


We urge you to REJECT any mandatory sterilization ordinance and instead focus on measures proven to work over the past thirty years….aggressive public education campaigns, trap/neuter and release programs for feral cats, and low-cost voluntary sterilization clinics.

Sincerely yours,



Geneva Coats, R.N.

Secretary, California Federation of Dog Clubs


cc: R DeLaRosa, D. Toro, S. Zamorra Jorrin, F. Navarro, L. Gonzales, D. Bennett, I. Suchil