Disaster and Storm Updates 2017-10-13T14:55:23+00:00

AKC PET DISASTER RELIEF UPDATES

AKC Pet Disaster Relief Recipients – Click map for details

Updated 2:45PM EST 10/13/17

Northern California Fires

Our hearts and thoughts are with you, California! AKC Reunite is making donations to organizations assisting with the sheltering and emergency care of pets displaced from the fires in Northern California including the North Valley Animal Disaster Group and Sonoma County Animal Services. These are just a few of the many deserving organizations helping the citizens and pets of Northern California as they fight to contain the fires and save lives.

Deployment of the SoCal Animal Response Team’s AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer wrapped up yesterday. Its contents were used to help shelter dogs and cats owned by evacuees in the adjacent Red Cross Shelter at El Modena High School located at 3920 E Spring St, Orange, CA 92869.

 

Updated 2:15PM EST 10/10/17

Northern California Fires

Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation, the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipient closest to the raging fires, is proactively reaching out to the affected counties. The affected counties have not requested direct assistance from Sacramento County as of yet, so the trailer cannot be deployed

Mandatory evacuations and fire containment information for the State of California can be found at: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents. Detailed information from the affected counties, related to evacuations and emergency shelters is below:

Sonoma County
Sonoma County Evacuation Centers: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/News/Evacuation-Centers-Available-from-Sonoma-County-Fires-October-9-2017

Santa Rosa Fire Department Emergency Information: https://srcity.org/610/Emergency-Information

Sonoma County Animal Services:  Anyone encountering animal-related issues can call 707-565-4406. This number will be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week until further notice. Please be prepared to share information about the number of animals, type of animals, numerical address and location for the animals, and any information about the families associated with the animals, if known.

Napa County
Napa County Emergency Shelters: http://www.countyofnapa.org/Pages/Content.aspx?id=4294989366

The Napa County Animal Shelter at 942 Hartle Court is taking in cats, dogs, and other animals. The shelter is seeking volunteers (those interested should call 707-253-4382), but is asking the public to only bring in animals who need emergency help.

Mendocino County
Real time updates of the incident will continue to be made on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoSheriff/) and Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/mendosheriff).

Mendocino County Animal Shelter: There are many Found Pets at the Mendocino County Animal Shelter in Ukiah (298 Plant Road, Ukiah, California.  You can call 707-463-4427, however VISUAL IDENTIFICATION is a MUST. The shelter is open 10-4:30 Tuesday-Saturday, and 6:30 on Wednesdays.

Lake County
Real time updates can be found at: https://m.facebook.com/LakeCountyOES/posts/456237867889353

Lake County Animal Care & Control: Evacuated residents that need assistance with pets can call Lake County Animal Care and Control (707) 263-0278. An animal evacuation location has been set-up at the Lake County Animal Care and Control at 4949 Helbush Drive, in Lakeport.

Yuba County
Yuba County evacuation information: http://www.bepreparedyuba.org/pages/during/evacuationinfo.aspx

Yuba County Animal Care Services: If you are missing pet animals, please check www.petharbor.com. That website is updated hourly and will be updated as soon as animals start coming in.

Butte County
Butte County Fire Emergency Information: http://www.buttecounty.net/
Butte County -North Valley Animal Disaster Group: (530) 895-0000

Nevada County
Nevada County Evacuation Information: https://www.mynevadacounty.com/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Local-Fires-Alert-McCourtney-Rd-Fire-Lon-4

An emergency animal shelter is located at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Anaheim, California Fires

Orange County
The SoCal Animal Response Team has deployed their AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to an emergency evacuation shelter at El Modena High School located at 3920 E Spring St, Orange, CA 92869.

Orange County Fire Authority Updates: http://ocfa.org/MajorIncident/MajorIncident.aspx?incidentid=29

Orange County Animal Care is accepting pets from those affected by the evacuation. Please call 714-935-7158 for more information. http://www.ocpetinfo.com/

 

Updated 3:45PM EST 10/9/17
Northern California Fires
With 14 different fires throughout Northern California, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection conservatively estimates over 20,000 people have been evacuated. Firefighters are too busy trying to save lives and currently not able to battle the blazes – all of the fires have no containment. Tens of thousands of acres have been scorched across parts of eight different counties, including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Yuba.

Napa County Animal Shelter, located at 942 Hartle Court, is sheltering pets displaced because of the evacuations.

Early this morning, AKC Reunite reached out to Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation, the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipient closest to the raging fires. We have not made direct contact with the County as of yet.

 

Updated 1:30PM EST 10/6/17
Gulf Coast – Hurricane Nate
We unfortunately find ourselves bracing for yet another Hurricane this season. AKC Reunite is now carefully monitoring the already deadly storm, Nate. Residents from Louisiana to Florida – who are still feeling the effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma – are now being warned of Nate as it approaches this weekend, likely as a Category 1 Hurricane with storm surges up to 12 feet. Many current models have the storm going directly over the City of New Orleans, but its path is still unclear as it barrels toward the United States’ gulf coast. As a result, New Orleans, the State of Alabama and 29 counties in Florida are under a declared State of Emergency.

AKC Reunite is in communication with the New Orleans Fire Department, an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipient. We have asked if they have what is needed to shelter its residents and their pets in preparation for the storm – and reminded them that other trailers from neighboring states may be able to deploy and assist if the City of New Orleans/State of Louisiana requests their direct assistance.

Should you ever need to undergo evacuations, the safest place for your pet is with you. See our Emergency Planning Guide.

Puerto Rico – Hurricanes Irma and Maria
The Puerto Rican National Guard is in need of supplies, including pet food. AKC Reunite is planning to get food to the island, but logistics remain problematic. We have been in contact with shelters, dog club members and government officials on the island, and getting relief that can be distributed to those in need is a top priority.

Florida and Texas – Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
AKC Reunite continues to award grants to animal sheltering organizations as communities rebuild after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To date, we have collected over $500,000 in donations (THANK YOU!) AKC Reunite, its Board and officers have issued over $200,000 in meaningful, life-saving grants to help pets displaced as their families rebuild, and we will continue to do so. Grants are available for not-for-profit and governmental organizations for pet-related disaster relief and preparedness purposes.

Grants are made at the discretion of AKC Reunite and its Board and officers. The amount donated is based on need, donation designation and funds available.

 

Updated 2:15PM EST 10/2/17
Current Disaster Relief Efforts

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the devastating Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Relief funds are going toward the general pet care and supplies needed to safely shelter displaced while their families rebuild and find themselves in a better situation to care for their pets.

We have already donated $175,000, with more on the way. All of the shelters we are assisting are beyond capacity and each is in need of very specific items like bowls, or cleaning supplies, or specific types of crates, or Kong toys to help ease dogs’ distress.

Donations have gone to major animal sheltering organizations in the following impacted Texas counties: Harris (Houston), Galveston, Brazoria (South of Galveston), Jefferson (Beaumont and Port Arthur) and Aransas (Rockport). We have also donated to shelters impacted by Hurricane Irma in the Jacksonville, Miami, Gulf Coast and southeastern areas of Florida. After Hurricane Maria, we successfully made initial contact with a shelter in Puerto Rico and continue to reach out daily to find out how we can assist.

We are also monitoring the fires that are plaguing the western part of the US.

Thank you to everyone for their compassion and generosity to help so many pets in need.

 

Updated 12:00PM EST 9/20/17
Tracking Hurricane Maria and Current Relief Efforts

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in the path of Hurricane Maria as it moves through the Caribbean.  AKC Reunite was in touch with shelters in Puerto Rico after Irma skirted by the Island. They endured well and were grateful the hurricane was not worse for the island. Now they are facing Maria. We will reach out to our contacts another time after this hurricane passes to see if/how we can help. Again, we send continued prayers to the people and their pets facing this devastating storm.

To all of the dog clubs and individuals that have donated to AKC Reunite in response to the recent disasters…. THANK YOU! You can see the impressive list of the donors and pledges on our website at: http://www.akcreunite.org/hurricanehelp. To date, we have received over $350,000 in donations in response to Harvey and Irma and western wildfires.

AKC Reunite funds are going toward the general pet care and supplies needed to safely shelter displaced while their families rebuild and find themselves in a better situation to care for their pets. All of the shelters we are assisting are beyond capacity and each is in need of very specific items like bowls, or cleaning supplies, or specific types of crates, or Kong toys to help ease dogs’ distress. AKC Reunite is happy to help with these needs.

We have also learned that while taking care of the influx of animals, these organizations are also receiving an influx of items they do not need or have not requested. They are calling this issue “the disaster after the disaster.” The shelters are already out of extra space and do not know where to store or what to do with the excess of items. This is why AKC Reunite is diligently researching what is needed on a case-by-case basis to ensure our funds are being put to the best use possible.

AKC Reunite has donated much-needed supplies and made cash grants to major animal sheltering organizations in the following impacted counties: Harris (Houston), Galveston, Brazoria (South of Galveston), Jefferson (Beaumont and Port Arthur) and Aransas (Rockport). We have also donated to shelters impacted by Hurricane Irma in the Jacksonville and southeastern areas of Florida.  We have already donated $100,000 to first-responding organizations, with more on the way.

Again, thank you to everyone for their compassion and generosity to help so many pets in need.

 

Updated 4:00PM EST 9/14/17
Hurricane Irma

Polk County Emergency Services in Florida set up two emergency shelters with the crates and other supplies from their AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donation. This allowed people to seek refuge with their pets, away from the dangers of the hurricane. The power went out for a while, but all were safe with the added comfort of their pets alongside them.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer arrives to set up pet sheltering supplies.

Shelter check in, many people brought their pets!

Pets helped the shelter feel more like home, but so did the emergency shelter staff! They made a cake and sang Happy Birthday to make sure these two boys didn’t miss celebrating their birthdays!

The path of Irma’s destruction is widespread, and we are still assessing what first responders and animal services agencies need to care for pets displaced from the storm. We have heard back from a major animal shelter in Puerto Rico – and thankfully the facility did not suffer any damage and they have the supplies they need for the influx of pets.

AKC Reunite is grateful the emergency shelters across the Florida encouraged people to evacuate with their pets. We strongly believe one of the primary reasons people complied to evacuation orders was because people did not need to struggle finding last-minute pet care/sheltering options, or feel the need to stay behind to care for their dogs and cats.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers continue to be on stand-by for Hurricane Irma in Pamlico County, NC, Rockdale, GA and Greenville, SC to provide assistance in their home communities, or to accept pets displaced in Florida or be deployed by Emergency Management teams in other areas. We have not received word of their deployment. Other trailers available for deployment are Atlanta-Fulton County, GA, Americus, GA, Spalding County, GA and Cumberland County, NC.

Hurricane Harvey

Tri City Animal Shelter Trailer in Cedar Hill, TX is still deployed in Port Arthur, TX to help with the overflow of pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Wilson County, TN just returned from Rockport, TX to help as well. Harris County Animal Shelter is using its new AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to set up secondary shelters.

This relief effort will go on for months and AKC Reunite is carefully (yet quickly) vetting pet relief needs as we are made aware of them. The long recovery is just beginning for Texas, and these donations are helping, with over $70,000 in cash and supplies already donated to shelters in the disaster zone including Harris County Animal Services, the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, the Humane Society of Aransas County and Brazoria County SPCA.

DONATE

In addition to the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donation program, the AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund can provide resources, support and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations that provide care for pets displaced because Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please call 212-696-8343 or email sns@akc.org if you become aware of specific needs for non-profit sheltering relief for companion animals in the area.