Legislative Action

The Legislative Action Team of the ITCA is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers who work very hard to assist our membership in identifying legislation that could affect our members’ rights with regard to their dogs and providing them with the tools to fight that type of legislation. We partner with like-minded groups throughout the country to assist in stopping or amending laws that infringe upon our rights with regard to our animals. We support animal welfare, but not animal rights. We support laws that punish animal abusers for their misdeeds, but reject legislation that seeks to penalize everyone (including responsible owners and breeders) alike for the misconduct of the few. We read bills that are introduced in order to identify legislation that sounds like is curtailing substandard breeders andIor animal abusers, but in fact penalizes responsible animal owners and breeders in the process (“unintended consequences”).  For those types of bills, we attempt to convince the legislators to amend the bill to safeguard our rights, but if we are not able to do so, we work to oppose those bills.

The Legislative Action Team is, in fact, each and every member of the ITCA; however, there is a small group of people who lead the effort in various states/regions, all of this is headed by the ITCA Legislative Liason.

Thea Lahti

New London, NH


If you have any questions about legislation pending in your area or want help in supporting or opposing legislation, please contact Thea and she and/or the Team Member in your area will respond to you:

    BIDDING BEGINS FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th, 2022 at 12:00 am
    As most of you know, 2022 is a very special year for the ITCA. We will be celebrating our 125th Anniversary. To help make the 125th ITCA Anniversary National Specialty Show extra special, we are offering significantly
    upgraded take-home prizes. It is our hope this sponsorship auction will help offset the higher cost of trophies
    and at the same time make the 125th National Specialty a spectacular historical event!
    Here is how it works:
    ITCA has provided below a list and photos of its top take-home prizes, including upgraded framed rosettes. If
    you would like to sponsor the offering of one of these prizes, you can submit bids on one or more of the listed
    take-home prizes. All winning sponsorships of take-home prizes offered in the auction will be listed in the show
    catalog as offered by the ITCA and the winning sponsor. If you are the winning sponsor of a one or more
    trophies, you may offer the prize in your name, or you can honor a Heart Dog, Mentor or Friend. Group
    Sponsors are limited to four individual names.
    Bids Open at 12:00 am (Eastern) January 13, 2022
    and will close 11:59 pm (Eastern) on February 28, 2022
    Bidding is open to Individuals and ITCA Regional Clubs
    We will accept bids on our FACEBOOK page and via e-mail at Swimcoach@comcast.net. The leading bid for
    sponsorship of each take-home prize will be updated every few days via email and on Facebook.