Ensuring a Safe Environment at ASCA Events

Just as TSA will often remind passengers that “if you see something, say something,” if you observe something peculiar or suspicious at a local or national ASCA event, please let a local officer or national board member or senior staff member know.

Because events are generally open to the public, in addition to those coming for the best of reasons, there also is the possibility that some would come to take advantage of the situation. Whether it be theft, harassing competitors, or something else, we cannot assume that everyone is there to promote the breed. We particularly want to ensure that our Juniors can focus on competing without worrying anyone will mistreat them due to their youth. Or it may be you come across what appears to be a safety hazard that others haven’t yet spotted or fixed.

If the person you report a troubling situation to does not appear to take it seriously, please report it higher and higher up the chain until you are sure that someone has. What may be resolvable as a simple adjustment or by asking someone to leave the event can fester into something significantly worse if ignored or otherwise allowed to fall through the cracks.

By working together, we can continue to ensure competitors and spectators alike have the best experience possible at ASCA events long into the future. So, even at ASCA events, if you see something, say something.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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