Local and National AKC dog clubs and AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program spearheaded by AKC Reunite that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other natural or civil disasters, donated a life-saving pet disaster relief trailer to officials at the Washington State Animal Response Team ( WASART).
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.
The purchase of the trailers was made possible by more than $22,000 in donations and grants from the Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers, Gig Harbor Kennel Club, Seattle Kennel Club, Tacoma Kennel Club, Peninsula Dog Fanciers, Olympic Kennel Club, Timberland Valley Dog Fanciers, Western Washington Hound Association, Evergreen Basenji Club, the English Springer Spaniel Foundation and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest pet recovery service.
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.