In their 2018 annual report (the latest) the AKC doesn’t mention total registrations AT ALL. That’s called whistling past the grave yard.
If you read the AKC balance sheet, you will see that their pension liabilities exceed their total assets. They’re broke, but staying afloat on the cash flow of investment income (which was declining in 2018).
Bottom line: Though Americans have more dogs than ever before, the AKC continues to swirl down the toilet bowl, never looking at its core business model.
Though there are fewer vegetarians in the US than there were 20 years ago, we are told the AKC’s failure is due to the mysterious “Animal Rights” movement.
- Never mind the fact that that there are chicken and hamburger places on every corner.
- Never mind that dog food is sold in every grocery store and the fact that the Congressional Sportsman's Caucus is one of the largest on Capitol Hill.
- Never mind that there are multiple stores a short bicycle ride from my house that sell guns, cross bows, deer feeders, and hunting and fishing licenses.
Animal rights? Really?
Maybe that’s a thing if you are located in downtown Manhattan (101 Park Avenue) where folks don’t mow lawns, own cars, or hunt and fish.
Which raises a question: Why is an organization that is going broke located in downtown Manhattan? Why are they paying New York salaries and rents to ... check notes... run a canine registry that could just as well be run from Minnesota, Mississippi, or North Carolina?