Membership in HSDAA is open to all who subscribe to the purposes of the club.
$50.00 for Associate individual membership
Checks should be made payable to HSDAA. When a member joins, he will receive the most current issue of the Silk Road. ALL memberships run from Jan-Dec and due for renewal on Jan 1.
Associate membership in HSDAA is a means by which those who are relatively new to the breed, or who don’t currently own a Havana Silk Dog but would like to support the organization, can become involved in both the breed and the sport of dogs, and meet others who share the same passion for the little dog that is Cuba’s great gift to the world.
Associate members receive all HSDAA publications and announcements, are invited to all club meetings and events, may serve on HSDAA committees (where many and varied skill sets are always needed), and may avail themselves of all the educational and social opportunities provided by the organization.
In fact, the only difference between an Associate and a Regular membership is the ability to vote in club elections, hold office, and vote on the breed’s Standard, all of which ultimately determine a breed’s future direction and ultimate well-being. Shouldering these weighty responsibilities requires a significant understanding of the breed itself, as well as its history and development. In the sport of dogs, this understanding has been shown to be gained only with time and experience, and becoming an active Associate member is by far the best way to gain this understanding.
HSDAA understands that the future of this club ultimately depends upon the education and commitment of its newest members, who will bear the responsibility for its success, as well as the well-being of dogs whose interest it represents, in years to come.
An Associate Membership application can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF file below:
An application for Regular membership (both individual and household) can be obtained from an HSDAA member willing to sponsor the applicant. Because HSDAA was formed with the express purpose of selecting away from chondrodysplasia and its associated health problems, applicants should be aware that acceptance of an applicant for Regular membership by a vote of the Board of Directors is of necessity dependent upon meeting the following criteria:
In other words, in the HSDAA, the burden of responsibility for determining an applicant’s eligibility for Regular membership under the Bylaws rests squarely with those members endorsing the applicant, and it is not a responsibility they take lightly.