Arizona pets will be a little safer now that the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) has obtained an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer, an emergency trailer that helps create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared.
The trailer’s purchase was made possible by more than $22,000 in donations and grants from local Arizona and national dog organizations, including Arizona Toy Dog Fanciers, Prescott Arizona Kennel Club, Coyote Classic Dog Shows, Sporting Dog Association of Arizona, Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association, Cavalier King Charles Club of Central Arizona, Superstition Kennel Club, the English Setter Association of America and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America; individuals Mimi Brown, Bud Lake and Randy Brewer; and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.
“We are thrilled and honored to be the recipient of a brand new AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that is fully stocked with essential emergency supplies.”
Dr. Steven Hansen, AHS President and CEO
“This trailer will provide animal care services during the first critical hours if a major disaster ever strikes the state of Arizona,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “Safe, effective pet sheltering solutions in times of disaster are incredibly important, and AKC Reunite is pleased to help communities across the nation prepare by mobilizing AKC Pet Disaster Relief.”
The trailers house and deliver essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and animal care items including crates and carries, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner as well as bowls, collars and leashes. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.
“We are thrilled and honored to be the recipient of a brand new AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that is fully stocked with essential emergency supplies,” said Dr. Steven Hansen, AHS President and CEO. “As the state’s designated responder for animal’s in distress during natural disasters, our emergency response teams are often deployed at a moment’s notice and this trailer will allow us to better, and more efficiently, serve our community in times of need. On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to offer our deepest gratitude to the American Kennel Club, AKC Reunite and all of their groups and partners for making such a special gift possible.”
“As President of Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association, I am very proud of our Board Members Marilyn Vinson and Bud Lake for spearheading the fund raising for this trailer and for establishing the relationship with the Arizona Humane Society,” said Pam Peat. “Without their initial efforts to bring together purebred dog breeders in the area, this marvelous project would not have come to fruition so quickly.”
Individuals, corporations and other interested parties can donate to trailer projects in local areas or across the country. Donations are tax deductible and accepted online. Approved organizations that raise a minimum of $1,000 will have their logo featured on the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer.
To learn more about the Arizona Humane Societies Disaster Program visit http://www.azhumane.org/disasterrelief/.
Learn more about how to get involved online with AKC Pet Disaster Relief or contact us at 919-816-3980 and firstname.lastname@example.org.