AKC Pet Disaster ReliefMike Pohlman2016-07-20T12:29:49+00:00
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, local Emergency Management teams are now required by Federal Law to have readiness plans and resources available to help citizens and their pets in the event of a disaster.
AKC Pet Disaster Relief helps local Emergency Management provide animal care services immediately following a disaster.
The recent storms, flooding and wildfires across the country have been devastating for area residents and their pets. AKC Reunite has donated funds to support the work of shelters and rescues that are saving and reuniting pets with their owners during such disasters. But, it is after recent tragedies like these, the need for emergency preparedness is evident.
AKC Reunite, AKC Clubs, private organizations and pet lovers are working together to help ensure we never again see a pet perched on a rooftop, or swimming through floodwaters, or even worse. We’re working toward accomplishing that goal donating AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers to local Emergency Management teams across the country. All donations from AKC Clubs, private organizations and pet lovers are tax deductible through the AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund.
The program’s genesis was in response to the devastation after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 where many people stayed in harm’s way because emergency response plans did not accommodate pets. AKC Pet Disaster Relief’s life-saving trailers will enable local Emergency Management organizations across the country to plan, prepare and respond to disasters that impact people and their pets.
READY TO ROLL OUT HELP
The AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer is stocked with essential supplies to house at least 65 pets the critical first few days after a disaster is declared. The trailer has lighting and is wired for electricity to run off either a generator or 110v power supply.
A generator is on the trailer as well as crates, pet carriers, bowls, collars and leashes, microchips, a microchip scanner, fans, cleaning supplies, maintenance equipment, administrative supplies, training materials and much more to allow emergency personnel to put together co-location or lost-and-found pet shelters.
KEEPING PETS AND THEIR OWNERS TOGETHER
With AKC Pet Disaster Relief, more than 30 cities across the United States have trailers ready to mobilize, with an additional 25 trailers on their way to local emergency management. But we want every community in the United States to be prepared to effectively help the pets and their owners if ever hit by a disaster in the future.