History & Summary
When was PAFTA formed?
The need for a tracking organization in the San Francisco
peninsula area was discussed in February 1983, by a group of
tracking enthusiasts after celebrating a series of
successful tracking tests. Subsequently, on August 24, 1983,
a group of seven met at Palo Alto's Foothill Park to decide
if their dream could become a reality. After discussing
finances, places to hold tracking tests, and objectives of
the organization, it was determined that a formation meeting
should be called for September 16, 1983, at the home of one
active participant. An informal announcement was sent to
individuals who had exhibited an interest in tracking at
previous informal meetings and/or tracking events.
What are the PAFTA objectives?
At the formation meeting, September 16, 1983, the question
was asked, "Why form a club?" The initial response by those
present provided the foundation for the formal by-laws,
which would be provided to the AKC at a later date. The
following were the recommended club objectives submitted at
Put on tracking matches and tests.
Meet others interested in tracking, exchange ideas
and exchange physical help needed for tracking.
Offer tracking workshops.
Find tracking areas. Being a group rather than an
individual would be beneficial.
Educate others. Many do not know what tracking is.
Coordinate use of tracking areas and events with
Schutzhund and Search and Rescue Groups, share ideas. No
Have social events.
What are the club's objectives as stated in the by-laws
approved by the AKC?
The objectives of the Association shall be to promote the
training of purebred dogs; dissemination of knowledge
regarding tracking; to encourage the training of judges; to
encourage groups with similar purposes; to hold and support
tracking tests, exhibitions and matches under the rules and
regulations of the American Kennel Club; to promote
cooperation and good sportsmanship among its members in the
training and exhibition of dogs. The Association shall not
be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any
profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to
the Association shall inure to the benefit of any member or
How did the club get it's name?
At the October 21, 1983, club meeting with 20 members
present, two names were suggested:
Palo Alto Foothills Tracking Association (PAFTA),
Stanford Foothills Tracking Association (SFTA).
The membership voted for PAFTA.
What are the Club Activities?
As stated in the club's Objectives, PAFTA holds a TD test in
January, a TDX test in February and usually two VST tests -
one in April and one in November. The club attempts to have
one or two other dog/tracking activities each year such as
seminars or workshops on AKC tracking, scent, tracklaying
and rattlesnake avoidance.
How does an individual become a member of PAFTA?
PAFTA has a membership chairman who should be contacted for
particulars. Eligibility: There shall be one type of
membership open to all persons who are in good standing with
the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes
of the Association. While membership is to be unrestricted
as to residence, the Association's primary purpose is to be
representative of the exhibitors in its immediate area.
There is an application to be completed, the endorsement of
two members required, initiation fee and annual dues. Club
members are available to assist anyone desiring to become a
When and where are the meetings?
Meetings are held quarterly, on the third Friday in the
months of February, May, August and November.
If you desire additional information, please
contact the Club Secretary or a club member.