When the National Dog Show TV special, which annually draws a total audience of over 20 million when broadcasted, airs on NBC this Thanksgiving Day, there will be COVID-related changes.
While, the usual overflowing crowd of spectators won’t be present, NBC is inviting the public to submit photos of individuals or their dogs–plus a monetary donation.
Selected images will be produced and placed around the group judging ring that is the centerpiece of the popular canine competition.
Photo upload and donation detail is available at https://nds-fan-cutouts.aaaflag.com/. Donations go to AKC Reunite/AKC Pet Disaster Relief.
Submissions are due by Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. PST.
This year marks the 19th annual celebration of man’s best friend, airing noon-2 p.m. in all time zones, Nov. 26, following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
The two-hour special will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley and expert analyst and American Kennel Club-licensed judge David Frei.
The National Dog Show has become a TV viewing tradition in America’s homes on the country’s most family-centric holiday with pet-owning households in front of their televisions, rooting for their favorite breeds with their pooch watching alongside. As it approaches its 20th year, over 30,000 purebred dogs have competed for the “Best in Show” trophy.
AKC Reunite/AKC Pet Disaster Relief provides custom-equipped trailers so that regional emergency management teams around the country can deliver animal care services immediately following a disaster.
As a result of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, federal law now requires municipalities to have readiness plans and resources to help both citizens and their pets in the event of a disaster. AKC Pet Disaster Relief’s life-saving trailers are stocked with essential supplies to house at least 65 pets during the critical days after a disaster is declared.
Source: The National Dog Show