PA Federation of Dog Clubs
Membership Information

Types of Membership

There are two categories of membership in the PA Federation of Dog Clubs, Voting Membership and Associate Membrship (non-voting).

Any non-profit or not-for-profit organization operating in the State of Pennsylvania shall be eligible for
voting membership in the Federation provided that it's
objectives are in agreement with the purposes of this Federation as stated in the Constitution, and the organization falls within one of the following types:

  • All-breed dog clubs, specialty clubs or companion event clubs that hold shows or trials with the approval of a national purebred dog registry or a regional club recognized by the Board of Directors.
  • Dog training clubs that train dogs for competition in shows or performance events or that train dogs as companion animals
  • Sporting dog or hunting clubs that train or use dogs in those activities, and either at least 1/3 of their membership is comprised of Pennsylvania residents, or the events or shows of the Club are held in Pennsylvania.
  • Each voting member organization shall designate two primary delegates authorized to vote at meetings of the Federation.

Clubs elegible for a voting membership, as well as clubs who do not meet the PA membership requirements or have shows in PA; may join the Federation as an
Associate member without the right to vote provided that they support the objectives and purposes of this Federation as stated in the Constitution. Each Associate Member shall designate two non voting delegates.

Application Process

Applicants for membership shall apply on a form approved by the Board of Directors, which form shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Constitution and by-laws of the PA federation of Dog Clubs. The application shall state the name of the organization, the address of the secretary of the organization and any other information deemed necessary by the Board. The application shall be accompanied by a list of the names and addresses of the members of the applicant, a copy of your By-Laws and a check for $25 for the application fee.

Upon receipt of an application for membership and dues, the Membership Committee shall take appropriate action to determine the applicant’s qualifications. The committee shall report their findings and recommendations to the Secretary. The Secretary shall notify the Board of Directors at a regular or special meeting or in writing by mail or e-mail of the findings and recommendations of the Membership Committee. Affirmative votes of 2/3 of the directors present at a meeting of the Board or 2/3 of the entire Board when voting by mail or e-mail shall be required to elect an applicant.


Membership dues are determined annually by the Board of Directors and are due on or before the 1st day of September of each year. No dues for a new member shall be due until September 1 of the following year. No member club may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year.

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