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Information and Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. Can anybody nominate a bitch for the Futurity?
A. Nominations are open to all breeders and owners who are members in good standing with the ABC or an ABC member club.
- Q. Can I nominate a bitch if I am not an ABC member but my co-breeder is an ABC member?
A. You cannot nominate but your co-breeder can nominate based on his/her ABC membership.
- Q. If my personal or club membership is not in good standing with the ABC (late dues payment), can I still nominate a bitch?
A. If the member or club is not in good standing at the time of nomination, the nomination cannot be accepted.
- Q. Can I nominate a bitch after my personal or club membership is reinstated?
A. Yes, but the eligibility is based on the reinstatement date and not the original nomination date.
- Q. For what year should I nominate a bitch?
A. The nomination year is based on the year a puppy will be eligible to compete at the ABC Futurity. Puppies are eligible at an age from 6 months and not over 18 months. If you expect a litter to be whelped close to the dividing line between eligibility for one year versus another, the Futurity Chairman will select the year of eligibility based on the expected whelp date. If the actual whelp date changes the year of eligibility, then the eligibility and nomination number will be reassigned for the bitch.
- Q. What should I do to nominate a bitch when 2 sires are involved?
A. A single bitch nomination is sufficient as the nomination applies to the bitch and her entire litter. For the resulting puppies, it will be necessary to do DNA testing to identify the sire for a puppy nomination.
- Q. What constitutes a valid nomination?
A. A valid nomination requires 3 elements -- complete information in all the fields of the nomination form, a signature of the owner (for mailed nominations only), and a payment. All this must be submitted before the nomination deadline.
- Q. What are the nomination deadlines?
A. A bitch nomination must be postmarked before the whelp date. A puppy nomination must be postmarked on or before the 4 month birth date. The postmark establishes the date of nomination and not the date the nomination is placed in a mailbox or received.
- Q. What can I do if I am facing a nomination deadline?
A. You can either request a hand cancellation at the post office to establish the postmark or use the online nomination and online payment. The online nomination establishes a postmark based on the later of either the online nomination or the online payment transfer.
- Q. What exceptions are allowed for late nominations?
A. The Futurity rules are very clear on this point - there are no exceptions.
- Q. Should I send a nomination via Express Mail, Certified Mail, or Return Receipt Requested?
A. This is not necessary as the postmark governs eligibility and not the date received. If you have reason to question the delivery services of the US Postal Office, you can use the online nomination option.
- Q. What if I need to know if the nomination was received?
A. For an online nomination, you can keep a copy of the email. For a mailed nomination, you can contact the Futurity Chairman, but this should be avoided as a standard practice.
- Q. How will I know when a nomination is accepted and validated?
A. A confirmation will be returned to the nominator with a bitch nomination number or a puppy nomination number.
- Q. How soon can I expect to receive a confirmation?
A. Mailed nominations are processed every 2 to 3 weeks and online nominations are processed every 1 to 3 weeks. Depending on when the nomination is received in this cycle, you can expect to receive a confirmation within a few days or after 3 or more weeks.
- Q. Why did I never receive an email confirmation for my bitch or puppy nomination?
A. Because of the Spam blockers with AOL and other internet providers, an email containing the words "bitch nomination" may be directed to your Spam folder rather than your inbox. Please check the Spam folder before you decide that the confirmation is missing.
- Q. Do I need to save the confirmation numbers that are returned to me?
A. Yes, the bitch nomination number is needed to nominate a puppy and the puppy nomination number will be needed if there are questions by the Show Superintendent with the entry.
- Q. What should I do if I lose my bitch confirmation number?
A. Since this number is required for a puppy nomination, you should contact the Futurity Chairman so this can be provided. Please retain the confirmation numbers returned with your nominations.
- Q. How soon can I expect to receive a canceled check for a nomination?
A. A canceled check may take up to 2 months to be returned to you. This is done to consolidate the number of deposits sent to the ABC treasurer. Consider this an extended float on your check writing privileges, courtesy of the ABC
- Q. Can I nominate a puppy before I apply for its AKC registration papers or before the AKC returns the registration?
A. Yes, the Futurity nomination does not require an AKC registration number. However, the name used for the nomination must match the name approved by the AKC and used for show entries.
- Q. What should I do if I change the puppy's name after it is nominated?
A. All name changes should be forwarded to the Futurity Chairman before the nomination list is sent to the Show Superintendent.
- Q. What should I do if ownership of the puppy changes after nomination?
A. There is no need to forward changes in ownership.
- Q. Can I nominate a puppy if the bitch was not nominated?
A. No, this is not permitted.
- Q. Does a bitch nomination carry an obligation to nominate puppies?
A. No, you are not obligated to nominate all or any puppies just because the bitch was nominated.
- Q. Does the ABC Futurity entry need the puppy confirmation number, as in past years?
A. No, we have simplified the entry process with the Show Superintendent who checks Futurity entries against an alphabetical list of puppy nominations supplied by the Futurity Chairman. This is why name changes must be forwarded to the Futurity Chairman.
The Bitch Nomination Form and the Puppy Nomination Form require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
All Bitch and Puppy nominations must be sent to:
Ms. Jeannie Hoffman
13 Fairmont Place, Apt 2
Glen Cove, NY 11542
Cell: 917-859-5426 Email: email@example.com