As many of you may know, the DPCA Rescue Committee
(originally called the Committee on Population Explosion, or COPE),
was founded during the presidency of Chuck Etner in 1976. This was a
time when the Doberman Pinscher registration statistics had
skyrocketed to number two, second only to that of the Poodle
(Standard, Toy and Miniature combined). Judith Felton’s considerable
Rescue efforts were incorporated into the COPE program shortly after
its inception and she worked tirelessly to promote COPE. This wonderful woman passed away in 2004, leaving an
The DPCA Rescue Committee felt that a meaningful way in which to
commemorate her legacy would be an annual award to honor the
achievements of a rescued Doberman that particularly embodies a
success story and is a credit to our breed and to rescue. So see the
stories of previous recipients click
Each and every one of our Dobermans possess many
wonderful traits and abilities. The strength of our breed’s noble character is sometimes even more
apparent when these amazing dogs must suffer the loss of their original home and other adversity,
and are still able to be wonderful ambassadors for the breed. This award is not necessarily an award for
achievement in performance, although rescued Dobermans who excel in performance activities are
certainly eligible for nomination. Our rescued Dobermans perform many jobs worthy of honor,
including but not limited to, therapy work, search and rescue, or just being the best, most faithful
companion you’ve ever had the pleasure to own. The recipient of the Judith Felton Memorial Award is
announced each year at the National and will receive a stone plaque engraved with a picture of
their dog. It will be mailed if the recipient is not able to be present.
Any rescued Doberman, alive at the close of the
previous year’s nominations, is eligible for nomination. You can nominate your own wonderful
companion, a friend’s dog, or a dog who was adopted from your rescue program – any rescued
Doberman. The form is on the website - click here
Submission closing date is July 15th of each year.
Please send nomination (email preferred) along with a
picture to :-
- please put ‘Judith
Fellton Award’ in the subject line.
For U.S. Mail - please contact us for the current address.