Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is currently projected to follow the path of Hurricane Dorian bringing tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall to portions of Florida over the weekend. There is still a chance it could gain strength and turn into Tropical Storm Humberto. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the northwestern Bahamas while a tropical storm watch has been posted for portions of Florida’s east coast. We are in communication with the AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Relief Trailers in Florida as they prepare again for this potentially dangerous storm.
As rescue and relief efforts are still underway from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Dorian AKC Reunite is thinking of everyone in affected areas. We will continue to monitor the situation as the future track of this system is very uncertain.
We are keeping a watchful eye on the disturbance in the Tropics that has an 80% chance of formation within two days. If the storm’s current speed increases from 30 mph to 39 mph, it will become a named storm – “Tropical Storm Humberto.” Forecast models are all over the place, but unlike Hurricane Dorian, this storm is fast-moving and could likely hit/affect the US THIS Sunday.
The storm’s path is currently a “cone of uncertainty.” There are three probable scenarios for the storm:
All AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipients in the potential storm path are watching the forecast as closely as we are. Advisories are expected to be issued later today or sometime on Friday. This does not allow for much time for local municipalities to prepare. You can see the distribution of the entire AKC Pet Disaster Relief “fleet” trailers here.
September 10 is the historical peak of Hurricane Season, so we will be at the highest risk for these treacherous storms for the next three to four weeks. As always, we will keep you posted as we pray this storm does NOT become a major headline and people and their pets remain out of harm’s way.
Hurricane Dorian threw its fury at the Bahamas and then headed up the East Coast of the US. Yesterday and today, the storm caused flooding along the North and South Carolina coasts and unleashed 13 tornado touchdowns in North Carolina. Although the hurricane is heading east into the sea, there are still over 350,000 residents and businesses without power on the coast, not to mention hundreds of people possibly trapped on the North Carolina barrier islands in Dare County and Hyde County from the rising flood waters. Emergency Management officials report these Ocracoke residents will be evacuated by air.
As Dorian leaves behind its wrath, the Pamlico County, NC AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer is being put to use to help those that are displaced. The trailer pulled up to Pamlico County Community College to set up a pet-friendly evacuation center for those plagued by the storm. The shelter is currently housing 41 dogs, 8 cats, 2 birds and 1 rabbit, keeping them safe from their potentially-flooded homes.
Meanwhile on the West Coast, Riverside County Animal Services is on stand-by with their AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to set up pet-friendly refuge for any that need to evacuate from the Tenaja Fire in the Copper Canyon community of Murrieta. This fire is currently threatening ten homes and evacuation orders are underway. Some of the area hillsides have not burned in over 20 years, creating significant fuel to the 2,000 acre fire that is only 10% contained.
We are humbled by all of the first responders’ bravery and selflessness assisting the Bahamas and East Coast responding to – and handling the aftermath of – Dorian. We hope and pray for the safety of all of the brave firefighters in California and remind everyone if ever asked to evacuate, please follow these directives to keep you and your pets out of harm’s way. Regardless of the disaster you may face, (flood, storm, or fire) it is imperative to follow evacuation orders to prevent injury to yourself and first responders during deteriorating conditions.
Pamlico County, North Carolina, has deployed their AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to assist with animal sheltering efforts. They are ready and on stand-by to accept pets evacuating North Carolina’s coast from Dorian’s path. Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Pamlico County Community College, located at 5049 NC-306, Grantsboro, NC 28529, will serve as a temporary shelter (alongside our disaster trailer) for pets and their owners. The neighboring Craven County has directed its residents that need emergency sheltering with their pets to this location, as well.
The AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer is filled with supplies that are used to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared. Materials include a generator, as well as crates, pet carriers, bowls, collars and leashes, microchips, a microchip scanner, fans, cleaning supplies, maintenance equipment, administrative supplies, training materials, and more for emergency personnel to use at a co-location shelter or a stand-alone emergency animal shelter for displaced pets.
If you are ordered to evacuate in the wake of Dorian, please follow all first responder directives – for your safety as well as theirs. And remember, the safest place for your pet is with you, never leave your pet behind! Check with your local authorities for pet friendly sheltering options – like the Emergency Shelter at Pamlico County Community College – if you need assistance. AKC Reunite hopes everyone and their pets remain safe throughout this unpredictable hurricane. Do take care!
In the coming days, Dorian is projected to impact areas of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. And although Dorian’s path is still uncertain, mandatory evacuations are underway for low lying areas and the many barrier islands that line the coast.
The Pamlico County AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer is deploying today at Pamlico County Community College located at 5049 NC-306, Grantsboro, NC 28529. Neighboring Craven County is directing its residents that need emergency sheltering with their pets to this location, as well.
Like their assistance provided during Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence, Peak Lab Rescue is continuing its mission to provide support and supplies to North Carolina shelters in need. AKC Reunite has made a $5,000 donation to provide them with funding to help clear shelters in Dorian’s path and provide emergency pet sheltering along with their other pet-related disaster response efforts.
If you know of other non-profit organizations helping pets displaced by Dorian, our AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund may be able to assist with emergency pet sheltering needs. Contact us at Microchip@AKCReunite.org and provide with the following information to see if you qualify: Organization Name, Organization EIN, Organization Address (City, State, Zip), Point of Contact, Email Address, Phone Number, Description of Need, and applicable photographs.
As always, we urge everyone to keep the safety of their loved ones, including their pets, top of mind by following all local Emergency Management directives. Download our Emergency Planning Guide for more information.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bahamas and its citizens after Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 storm. This slow-moving storm stalled over the weekend causing unprecedented damage. And as the storm moves on, the chaos left by Dorian’s path is sure to be devastating. Please keep the Bahamas in your thoughts as they respond to the storm’s aftermath.
As of this morning, Hurricane Dorian is headed northwest up the coast. Although the hurricane is now categorized as a Category 3 storm, it is still expected to wreak havoc on the U.S. east coast in the coming days. Right now, Dorian is projected to hit Florida’s east coast sometime this evening and then continue its path hitting northeastern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina in the coming days. As the storm continues to grow, intense winds, flooding, and power outages are likely to affect most of the east coast. Be sure to purchase nonperishable food items, water, flashlights, and batteries just in case! And if you are forced to evacuate, remember to have a plan for your pets — the safest place for them during a storm is with you! Check with your local emergency management about pet-friendly shelters where you and your pet can safely ride out the storm.
AKC Reunite has contacted 11 AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipients in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina to make sure all local Emergency Management Teams are prepared to deploy for evacuations. We have also reached out to the sponsored Clubs that made these 11 trailer donation sites possible. We urge everyone to keep the safety of their loved ones, including their pets, top of mind and to follow all local Emergency Management directives. Download our Emergency Planning Guide for more information.
Hurricane Dorian gave the Virgin Islands a rough time overnight as a Category 1 storm, thankfully Puerto Rico avoided the brunt of the storm. The hurricane is now making its way toward Florida and forecast to be a Category 3 or Category 4 storm at landfall over Labor Day weekend. As of now, if you live in Florida, Georgia or even North or South Carolina, it is time to build up rations, batteries and plenty of extra water – plus have a plan for your pets. The storm models are not 100% predictable in tracking Dorian’s path, so AKC Reunite will be reaching out to all of the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipients in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to make sure we have open communication with all of the local Emergency Management Teams if/when any of the trailers are deployed for evacuations. We will also be reaching out to the sponsoring Clubs that made these trailer donations possible. Officials report the storm is slow moving over warm water and will only get stronger. We urge everyone to keep the safety of their loved ones, including their pets, top of mind and to follow all local Emergency Management directives.
Tropical Storm Dorian just strengthened to a hurricane and is threatening the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The storm is forecast to hit Central Florida over the Labor Day weekend as a Category 3 hurricane, but storm’s path is still uncertain where it could reach as far north as Georgia and the Carolinas.
During this and all storms we ask that everyone take all storm directives from Emergency Management seriously. We send our prayers to those in the Caribbean as the islands experience torrential rain and wind gusts of up to 90mph. For those living in the southeastern US, now is the time to plan for both you and your pets. Please carefully follow your local weather forecast and adhere to any and all evacuation orders. Safety first!!
AKC Reunite is actively communicating with the New Orleans Fire Department as Tropical Storm Barry approaches the Gulf Coast. In anticipation of the storm upgrading to a Category 1 Hurricane forecast to cause extensive flooding and potential levee breaches, New Orleans Fire Department has a response plan in place that includes their AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donated by Metairie Kennel Club, AKC Humane Fund and AKC Reunite.
Not knowing where the storm will exactly hit, and where the flooding will take place, the exact location of the deployment is not certain, but potential sheltering sites are identified. It is wonderful and reassuring New Orleans has a plan in place that includes AKC Pet Disaster Relief, the Health Department and Louisiana SPCA to help ensure the safety of its citizens and their pets.
AKC Reunite made a $5,000 donation to Almost Eden pet rescue, today! Almost Eden is helping with an influx of pets, most of them lost and displaced from the Ridgecrest, California earthquakes. We hope this donation will help Almost Eden rebuild and expand their emergency sheltering areas and to acquire the cleaning supplies they desperately need.
Many of the displaced pets do not have microchips to help reunite them with their owners. Unpredictable natural disasters are yet another reason to make sure your pet has a microchip and its contact information is up to date!
Thank you to everyone providing assistance and care for people and pets affected by the earthquakes in Ridgecrest, California. In response to the devastating natural disaster, AKC Reunite has made a $2,500 donation along with a ProKit (75 microchips and a Proscan 700 microchip scanner) to assist Ridgecrest Animal Shelter’s efforts providing displaced pets with safe refuge and care while their families assess the damage to their homes.
Many rescues are assisting the shelter as well. It is a team effort as this community pulls together in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake and its aftershocks. ❤
Woodbury Fire restrictions have been lifted and families can now safely return home! Thank you to the many volunteers with Arizona Humane Society and Gila County Animal Care and Control and The Red Cross that worked countless hours to provide a safe shelter for people and their pets. All your help and support is greatly appreciated.
The containment of the Woodbury Fire continues. With the help of Arizona Humane Society’s AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer, Gila County Animal Care and Control staff are working around the clock alongside the Red Cross to provide shelter for evacuated residents and their pets. AKC Reunite is monitoring the needs of Gila County Animal Care and Control closely as they help those seeking refuge and shelter from the devastating fires.
Woodbury Fire Evacuations
Pet Owners in Arizona have a safe place to evacuate the Woodbury Fire with their pets! Alongside the Red Cross, Gila County Animal Control has set up an Emergency Animal Shelter with Emergency Animal Medical Technicians and the contents from their AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that was donated to the Arizona Humane Society. There are already pets with safe haven on site at the Miami Intermediate School at 4739 S. Ragus Road.
The fire has been burning for two weeks, but suddenly grew by 30% yesterday due to high winds and is now burning in areas that have thick vegetation that has not been impacted by fire for at least 50 years. Several hundred people have been evacuated so far. 1,100 firefighters and several airtankers are battling the blaze. Let’s hope everyone and their pets stay safe.
Will County Trailer Deployment
The AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer in Will County, Illinois deployed to assist with sheltering pets at risk from the flooding. The shelter is set up at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Amazing volunteers have been working all week to assure the pets are safe and receiving proper care. With assistance from Helping Strays of Monroe County they are currently caring for 58 cats, 6 dogs, 21 chickens, 5 rabbits, and 3 ducks. Since the forecast keeps changing and it will take time for flood waters to recede, the shelter is expected to remain open for another 3-4 weeks. We are thankful for the service of these incredible volunteers!
AKC Reunite is continuously researching emergency pet sheltering throughout the Midwest. Due to active emergency response efforts underway, information is spotty but we are aware of and monitoring needs in the following States, specifically.
- Oklahoma: Tulsa, Muskogee and Nowata
- South Dakota: Rapids City
- Missouri: Jefferson City
- Kansas: Douglas, Jefferson, Neosho, Montgomery and Riley Counties
- Ohio: Dayton
If you are aware of emergency pet sheltering being handled by non-profit animal sheltering organizations in your area, please let us know by calling 919-816-3980 or emailing email@example.com. We may be able to help.
AKC Reunite is monitoring all of the relief efforts from this weekend’s storms and has been in touch with our AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donation recipients. We hope to have more information about monetary donations to aid with the sheltering of displaced pets.
The heartland has endured torrential weather the past week. Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa have been scourged with deadly tornadoes and the flooding is widespread throughout the Missouri and Mississippi River Valleys. Local emergency management teams are manning local shelters for pets that need temporary accommodations and for any pets that have been found after being displaced from the storms. Thankfully there has not been a tremendous need for many pets, but for those that require care, dedicated volunteers are helping with these pets well-being – shelter, food, water and exercise. As more storms are forecast for the Midwest throughout the Memorial Day weekend, we urge everyone to stay informed by monitoring their local weather forecasts and following all emergency directives.
Missouri and Oklahoma Tornados
AKC Reunite is devastated to hear about the most recent tornados that have hit throughout Missouri and Oklahoma. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant communication with our trailer recipients in the area as everyone assesses the damage. All trailers are on standby and ready to deploy if called upon.information.
Pet Disaster Relief Update – Tulsa Tornado
and Midwest Flooding Evactuations
A tornado touchdown has just been confirmed in flood-ravaged Oklahoma. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected in Kansas and Oklahoma by yesterday’s storms and what is forecast today in Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. Our flooding preparedness guide may be of assistance for you and your pets if you are in an impacted area. Please also follow all emergency personnel directives as we thank all of the brave first responders helping so many under such difficult circumstances, especially with the many road and highway closures…. Always remember, if you approach a water-covered roadway: don’t drown, turn-around.
AKC Reunite is monitoring these storms very closely and also reaching out to our many AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipients in the affected areas.
Check out our Flood Guide for helpful information.
Pet Disaster Relief Update – Nebraska Flooding
AKC Reunite has made monetary donations to FurEver Home, Inc. and Nebraska Humane Society to aid in the care and welfare of pets displaced from the devastating flooding. We thank these organizations for sheltering these animals in need during this tumultuous time.
Image Credit: Nebraska Humane Society
Pet Disaster Relief Update – Nebraska Flooding
AKC Reunite is monitoring the devastating and deadly flooding that has forced countless evacuations in the Midwest. According to The Weather Channel, rivers have reached historic levels in 41 locations. Our hearts and prayers go out to all affected in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota. We hope that you and your pets are safe. Please follow all emergency management directives and remember to not drive through any standing water on the roadways.
Pet Disaster Relief Update – Camp Fire Animal Care
All Images Credit: Butte Humane Society
Efforts are still underway to contain the Camp Fire and to keep people and their pets are safe! There is so much that needs to be done and we continue to thank all the organizations for their hard work and commitment to care for those affected. Today, we donated $2,500.00 to both Butte Humane Society and Chico Animal Shelter. These organizations are in desperate need as they care for the hundreds of displaced animals under their care.
Pet Disaster Relief Update – California Wildfires
All Images Credit: Humane Society of Ventura County
AKC Reunite continues to monitor rescue and relief efforts for the Woolsey and Camp Fire wildfires in California. Today, we identified another organization deserving of our support – The Humane Society of Ventura County. This organization is scouring devastated lands to find animals displaced and injured and providing them with safe shelter, food, and necessary medical care. Humane Society of Ventura County is helping dogs, cats, horses, ponies, cattle, a tortoise, chickens and more. AKC Reunite has donated $5,000 to help them with these efforts. Unfortunately, many of the fire-ridden areas are still unreachable as we continue to hope and pray for the safety of all.
California Woolsey and Camp Fire Wildfires Update
The catastrophic Woolsey and Camp Fire wildfires continue to make devastating history for the state of California. Everyone affected remains in our thoughts and prayers. We thank all the brave responders as they fight these fires as well as those assisting displaced families and animals.
AKC Reunite is communicating with our AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipients in Ventura County and Sacramento to make sure they have what they need while deployed. We’re also reaching out to amazing organizations that are helping treat the animals that have been injured from the fires. Today we made $5,000 donations to each of these UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Funds:
- Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund: The Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund provides veterinary medical treatments at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for animals that are injured in wildfires, natural disasters or other accidents.
- Veterinary Emergency Response Team: Veterinary Emergency Response Team mobilizes to assist animal disasters and emergencies.
AKC Pet Disaster Relief Assists Camp Fire Relief Efforts
Words cannot express how thankful we are for Sacramento County’s Bradshaw Animal Shelter and the assistance they are providing to pets affected by the Camp Fire at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds. With their donated AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer and its contents, they have worked countless hours setting up and running an emergency shelter for pets that are very much in need. THANK YOU Bradshaw Animal Shelter!!
California Woolsey and Camp Fire Update
As we continue to monitor the tragic, terrible and relentless fires in California, we send our prayers for hope and safety to everyone. AKC Reunite also urges people to follow all emergency warnings and orders for evacuation. Our thoughts and prayers go to all affected and the countless volunteers doing all that they can to help save lives and communities from total devastation.
AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers were donated to many of the areas impacted by the current wildfires. The trailers are stocked with critical supplies, like crates, bowls, leashes, cleaning supplies, a generator, microchips and a microchip scanner, so these counties can quickly and efficiently set up emergency shelters for displaced pets.
- The AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donated to Sacramento County is helping the many that have evacuated the Camp Fire. Additionally, we have made a $10,000 donation to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG), an all-volunteer organization running point in Butte County with local emergency agencies and responders in the area to help people and animals in this time of crisis.
- Ventura County is also benefitting from their AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donation in response to the Woolsey Fire. To further assist with the care and sheltering of pets affected by this fire, a $10,000 cash donation has been made to Ventura County Animal Services. Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation also received a $10,000 donation to help care for these displaced pets.
Please refer to Cal-Fire at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents for an up-to-date listing of all evacuation shelters available. Stay safe, California!
California Camp Fire
Early today, the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services asked Sacramento County for assistance with animal sheltering at evacuation sites. Their AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer has been deployed to the Yuba-Sutter County Fairgrounds located at 442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991. If you want to assist these evacuated pets, regular animal food – and feed/hay for livestock can be dropped off at the fairgrounds “Main Exhibit Hall.” We send our prayers and more prayers for all affected and remind everyone to please stay clear of all affected areas and follow any and all emergency evacuation orders or other directives seriously.
Hurricane Michael Aftermath
AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer (Tri-State CART all the way from Batavia OH!) is being deployed to assist the Red Cross with emergency sheltering for pets in the Panhandle. AKC Reunite has also donated $2,000 to assist with their deployment expenses and gas.
We also just donated $10,000 to the Florida Veterinary Medical Association to specifically assist with Animal Care Relief. These donated funds are to provide emergency veterinary medical care, rescue and sheltering from the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
Update on Hurricane Michael
The devastation from Hurricane Michael is heartbreaking. AKC Reunite has donated to these deserving animal sheltering organizations that are helping care for pets displaced from the storm. These donations will help with the supplies and repairs required for the long road to recovery in the Florida Panhandle.
Partners For Pets Marianna, FL
St. Joseph Bay Humane Society
Panhandle Animal Welfare Society
Update on Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael is headed to the Panhandle and will make landfall soon. Evacuation notices have been issued for coastal counties. For the safety of you, yours and emergency personnel, PLEASE FOLLOW ALL EMERGENCY DIRECTIVES IN YOUR AREA.
Florida officials are doing all they can to keep its citizens safe by setting up pet-friendly evacuation shelters in schools throughout Leon and Gadsen Counties. Here, halls are lined with plastic for easier cleanup, then crates are set up so evacuees have a safe place to care for their pets as they weather the storm. If you are evacuating to an emergency shelter, call ahead to make sure there are accommodations for you and your pet.
AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers are stocked with these essential items, plus a generator, administrative and cleaning supplies, AKC Reunite microchips and scanner and much, much more. Emergency Managers can drive the trailer to any site they designate to set up an emergency shelter to help keep people and their pets together and out of harm’s way.
**Ryan H. of WFLA, snapped this picture at the pet-friendly shelter in Citrus County located at Lecanto Primary School.
Update on Hurricane Michael
The US is bracing itself for another life-threatening Hurricane. Hurricane Michael is forecast to hit the panhandle of Florida and quickly make its way up the east coast, potentially hitting areas already ravaged by Hurricane Florence.
If an evacuation is ordered in your area, know your local hurricane evacuation route and have a plan for where you can stay with your pets. If you are looking for sheltering options with your pet, check with your local Emergency Management, the Red Cross and this great resource. In addition to the information we have been able to share, we continue to encourage everyone to follow all local and State Emergency Management directives for the health and safety of you, your pets and first responders.
For all potentially dangerous weather events, please be sure you have a plan for you, your loved ones and your pets. The plan should include a designated safe meeting place and out of town emergency contacts.
Update on Hurricane / Tropical Storm Florence
The many feet of rain Hurricane Florence dumped last weekend continue to ravage eastern North Carolina. We give thanks to the dedicated first responders and animal services organizations giving their all to help so many. Today, we are humbled to share another way the AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund is helping to make a difference:
“Please forgive the informality of an email, however, this is the first day we have had internet and access to a pc. As I am catching up here at 1:30 am I have been brought to tears by your generosity. I will formally thank you when we are able to close the (pet-friendly) hurricane shelter and resume business and personal life. I just could not wait until then to let you know how very much this means to us.
We are heartbroken at the devastation Florence has brought upon our community but even more heartbroken as we sit with person after person recounting their water rescue by helicopter while holding onto their pet for dear life. During and after Katrina PAWS organized a high school band trailer full of pet supplies and $5,000. It was sent to a particular staging area for local rescues. Your donation is a sort of pay-it-forward for us if you understand what I mean.
Thank you with all of our hearts,
Michele Whaley ~ Pitt County Animal Services
Update on Hurricane / Tropical Storm Florence
We continue to monitor the flooding and Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. Additional donations have been made to Pitt County Animal Services, Colonial Capital Humane Society and Carteret County Humane Society. We are thankful for everything these organizations and others are doing to help the people and pets affected by the storm and honored the AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund can help.
“Just got a notification that [AKC Reunite] donated … to us to assist with our Hurricane efforts. I about fell out of my chair!!”
Michele Whaley ~ Pitt County Animal Services
Update on Hurricane / Tropical Storm Florence
Hurricane Florence recovery will be long and difficult. Coastal plain relief efforts are hindered because of still rising rivers and flooded roads. The two AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers in North Carolina were deployed – one for a shelter by the coast in Pamlico County and the other to help all of the pets relocated from the flooded shelter in Fayetteville.
“The trailer was deployed and it has been a blessing. All of the [contents] have been used and the public has stepped up to keep the emergency shelter supplied. The trailer is now being used as a mode of transportation to deliver animal supplies to the relief center for the public. Thank you for this trailer.”
Berkley Hill ~ Animal Control Officer, Pamlico County NC
We have offered support to our partners at NC State Animal Response Team (NC SART) and are already making monetary donations to shelters in the impacted areas of North and South Carolina. We expect to do more as we see where the need is throughout the coming days and weeks.
Update on Hurricane / Tropical Storm Florence
Our hearts are heavy with concern for all those affected by Hurricane Florence and the fact the worst is not over yet. The constant rain and tornado watches and warnings from Hurricane Florence are not as widespread, but rivers are still rising and it will be days before they start to recede.
Because of flooding rivers, downed power lines, and damaged bridges and roadways many areas are still not accessible. The Carolinas, in particular our home state of North Carolina, are extremely fortunate that disaster preparedness plans were in place including evacuation shelters for people and their pets. Rescue crews are helping those stranded by the storm and caring for displaced pets. The power linemen have also been working around the clock to restore outages. There will still be much more work ahead once the totality of Hurricane Florence can be assessed.
**PLEASE** turn around, don’t drown – and continue to take all Emergency Management instructions and warnings seriously.
Today, AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund made donations to Pet Adoption & Welfare Society of Carteret, Morehead City, NC; Pender County Humane Society, Burgaw, NC; Lenoir County SPCA, Kinston, NC. We will continue to assess the needs of qualifying organizations.
Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Olivia
Hurricane Florence is posturing to be a definite threat to the Southeastern US. AKC Reunite has reached out to all sixteen AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipients in the potential path of Hurricane Florence as the storm charges toward Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Disaster readiness information was also sent to all of the Primary Contacts of the pets we protect with our 24/7 PetLine Recovery Service. If you need to evacuate and are looking for sheltering options with your pet, check with your local Emergency Management, the Red Cross and this great resource. In addition to the information we have been able to share, we continue to encourage everyone follow all local and State Emergency Management directives for the health and safety of you, your pets and first responders.
Concurrently, in the Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Olivia is tracking toward the northeast of Maui with a Tropical Storm Warning in effect for O’ahu, Maui County, including Moloka’i and Lana’i and Kahoolawe and a statewide Flash Flood Watch.
For all potentially dangerous weather events, please be sure you have a plan for you, your loved ones and your pets.
Tropical Storm Gordon
Tropical Storm Gordon is moving through the Gulf of Mexico toward the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. It’s expected to make landfall tonight – Tuesday, September 4 – as a hurricane near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. The storm is forecast to unleash multiple hazards along the coast, including torrential rain, strong winds, and a storm surge of up to several feet. The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected “to bring life-threatening” hurricane conditions to parts of the central Gulf Coast. We at AKC Reunite are concerned for all in the Storm’s path and encourage everyone to please follow all local and State Emergency Management directives for the health and safety of you, your pets and first responders.
Our thoughts go out to everyone in the forecast path of Hurricane Lane. We ask that all potentially impacted by the storm, please take every safety precaution possible to ensure their loved ones – including their pets – are out of harm’s way. You can refer to our helpful Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Guide by clicking here.
The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund can provide monetary assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations that provide care for pets displaced because of Hurricane Lane. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you become aware of specific needs for relief for companion animals in the area.
Let’s pray the storm turns away from the Hawaiian Islands and everyone remains safe.
As California is suffering from some of the worst wildfires in the state’s history we continue to keep everyone affected in our thoughts and prayers. We thank everyone for their continuous hard work as they help assist the displaced families and their pets. We are in contact with our 8 Pet Disaster Relief Trailer recipients in the state and all remain on standby and ready to assist if called. As noted in previous updates, we have made cash donations to shelters caring for evacuated pets in the affected areas and stand ready to help others as well.
We’ve also been checking in with our trailer recipients in the northeast as persistent rainfall is causing severe flash floods. As of yet our trailers have not been called to deploy. To everyone in the affected area, please stay safe! We are thinking of you.
We are continuously monitoring the wildfires as they spread across the state of California. We have reached out to many wonderful organizations helping with evacuated pets and made more monetary donations to organizations in need, most recently: SPCA of Lake County in Clearlake as well as the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County. In response to the Holy Fire in Riverside/Orange County, the San Diego Department of Animal Services is on active standby and ready to deploy AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer(s) when called. Our hearts go out to all affected by these tragic fires and our thanks and prayers for safety go out to the thousands of emergency responders helping people and their pets through this unimaginably difficult time.
East Coast Flash Floods
Severe storms along the East Coast have 36 million people under a flash flood warning or watch from Georgia up to New England. Parts of Lynchburg, Virginia are under mandatory evacuation orders because of threats of the College Lake Dam failing. According to the City of Lynchburg, “There has been no seepage from the dam itself. Water is being methodically released from College Lake to allow for less water pressure on the dam. Engineers are on site monitoring the process.” Officials have opened EC Glass High School as a temporary shelter for residents (and their pets) that have been evacuated along the Black Water Creek.
AKC Reunite continues to monitor the deadly fires in California and the others popping up throughout the Western US. To date, no AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers have been called in for assistance. The animal sheltering community appears to be coming together to ensure safe accommodations for hundreds and hundreds of displaced pets. To support the significant sheltering and relief underway for pets in the Redding, CA area, AKC Reunite has made monetary donations to Haven Humane Society, Placer County SPCA and Mad Dog Rescue.
As fires are spreading across California we have been reaching out to shelters and organizations in need. We have donated to Haven Humane Society as they have taken in roughly 200 displaced pets. We are continuously monitoring the Carr, Cranston, and other fires around the state. The 8 AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers in California are on standby and ready to deploy if needed.
For up to date information on evacuations and shelters please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. If you are in any of the affected areas please follow all emergency warnings to keep you and your pets safe. We are thinking of you!
Marietta, PA flooding and Cranston Fire in Riverside County, CA
In response to flash flooding and evacuations in Marietta, PA, the Red Cross shelter at Donegal Intermediate School located at 1177 River Rd, Marietta, PA 17547 is accepting pets and the Lancaster County Animal Response Team is on site to assist. Always remember when approaching any standing water: don’t drown – turn around.
There are ongoing developments and evacuations in Riverside County, CA in response to the Cranston Fire. Animals are accepted at the following evacuation shelters and we advise you check in with the location for what is required to bring your pet prior to arriving:
• Banning High School, 100 W Westward Ave, Banning, CA 92220 — Small animals accepted
• San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S Grand Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92582 — Accepting all animals (domestic and large)
• Dysart Equestrian Park, 2101 W Victory Ave, Banning, CA 92220 — Animals can be dropped off and will be transferred to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus
• Therapeutic Horsemanship Equestrian Center, 27260 Girard Street, Hemet, CA 92544 — Accepting livestock and horses
• Kritters Pets, 1515 E Florida Ave, Hemet, CA 92544 – Assistance sheltering dogs, pigs, chickens, reptiles, and bird but cannot accept horses; please bring your own pet food
If you need assistance moving your animals, please call: 951-358-7329.
To everyone in these affected areas, please continue to listen to and follow all Emergency Management warnings and directives.
Josephine County, Oregon fire evacuation update
Josephine County has deployed its AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to set up an evacuation shelter in the floral building at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. The building itself is air-conditioned and quite comfortable for any indoor animals. Shelter is set up to accommodate your cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs etc.
Large animals can also be brought to the fairgrounds. The intake process for large animals will also happen inside the floral building. The non-profit group Once Upon A Horse is coordinating all intake and placement for any livestock that needs to come to the shelter.
Josephine County is available to make this traumatic experience as smooth as possible for you. The shelter will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until there is no longer a need. We hope that you do not have to evacuate with your animals, but help and care is available for them if needed.
Josephine County Emergency Management
Josephine County Emergency Management
Animal Evacuations underway in Josephine County, Oregon. AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer is deployed.
In response to wildfire emergencies occurring throughout the region, Josephine County has partnered with Shelter Friends, Southern Oregon Emergency Aid and local citizens serving as foster families to support the emergency transportation and sheltering of animals from at-risk areas.
Beginning Monday, July 23rd, those able to transport their own animals from an evacuation area may bring large and small animals to the Josephine County Fairgrounds Floral Building, where Shelter Friends will provide emergency animal sheltering. Southern Oregon Emergency Aid will assist in coordinating local animal needs with available resources.
Citizens who do not have the ability to transport their animals are asked to contact Linda Bacon at 541-226-1124. For all other questions, please contact the Josephine County Fire Information Center at 541-474-5305.
Updated 1:45 PM EST 07/20/18
Iowa Tornados & Oregon Fires
AKC Reunite is devastated by the news of the tornados that swept through Iowa On Thursday, July 19. We have reached out to area shelters to see if there is a need for any helping displaced pets. To date we have not heard back, but with the significant response and clean-up efforts underway, this is understandable. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.
We are also monitoring the deadly wildfires in Oregon and hope people and their pets heed all warnings and find safe shelter. Our trailer recipients in the surrounding area are ready to deploy if needed. We have contacted organizations assisting with animal evacuations and providing shelter to offer our assistance. Current sheltering and fire evacuation efforts for pets in the area are as follows:
- Home at Last Humane Society – Sheltering pets, but at capacity
200 River Rd
The Dalles, OR 97058
- Silent Wave Horse Rescue – Available for assistance with horse and livestock emergency evacuations–transport and holding.
- Pawsh Spa – Accommodating for all kinds of animals at their personal homes so if you need help please ask.
- Fort Dallas Riders Club – Available for any people and animals being evacuated due to the fire; if help is needed they have large open stock trailers and can haul as well.
1023 Irvine Street
The Dalles, Oregon
- Hage Electric & Construction Services – Acting as the clearing house for all animal resources and requests for assistance from the Substation Fire.
Updated 5:00PM EST 06/27/18
Wildfires are spreading across the state of California. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone affected. AKC Reunite has 8 Pet Disaster Relief Trailers in California and all are on standby ready to deploy if needed.
A few of the animal friendly shelters are:
Evacuation center: Lower Lake High School 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake, CA
Animal staging is located at Social Service Center, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake, CA.
Animal control can be reached at 707-263-0278
Lake County Animal Care & Control’s LEAP program is helping with sheltering of evacuated animals at Lower Lake High School.
Evacuation center: Moose Lodge, located at 15900 E Highway 20
Evacuation center: Red Bluff Community Center, 1500
S Jackson St, Red Bluff, CA 96080
Tehama and Lake County fire evacuees can bring both small pets and livestock to Rolling Hills Casino’s equestrian center in Corning 530-528-3500
Evacuation center: West Valley High School Cafeteria, 3805 Happy Valley Road, Cottonwood, CA
Large animals evacuated from the fire area can be taken to the Redding Rodeo Grounds behind the Redding Convention Center, said Capt. Lee Anne Smith with Redding Animal Regulation. Small animals such as dogs and cats can be taken to Haven Humane Society, on Eastside Road in South Redding, to be held on a temporary basis, she said. The phone number is 530-241-1653
Evacuation center: Red Bluff Community Center
Animal control is also assisting residents with evacuations of livestock. Animals can be evacuated to the Mariposa Event Center 2759 Ranchito Drive, La Grange.
Other amazing shelters and organizations helping assist with evacuations are;
Orphan Dog 707-349-2624
Mendo Shelter Pets Rescue
Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection (LEAP) 707-263-2690
Updated 5:00PM EST 06/21/18
Flooding in Texas
Summer has officially started and so has the summer weather. Many states are under different levels of heat advisory warnings. Be sure to keep your pets hydrated and bring them indoors during the intense heat. Please also remember to never leave your pets in a parked car.
With summer heat comes summer storms. AKC Reunite is diligently monitoring the areas affected by flooding across the country and reaching out to animal shelters and organizations affected. We have donated to help assist Palm Valley Animal Center in Edinburg, TX and our AKC Pet Disaster Relief recipients are ready to deploy if needed. To learn more about preparing for floods please visit https://www.akcreunite.org/disasterpreparedness#flood.
Updated 12:25AM EST 06/15/18
Colorado Fire Updates
Many thanks to members of the Durango Kennel Club for purchasing supplies for the evacuees of the 416 Fire in southwest Colorado! AKC Reunite is reimbursing the club for the emergency supplies that they have purchased and donated to the La Plata County Humane Society. We will continue to be in touch and monitor the situation Monday and offer resources where we can to help.
Also in Colorado, the Buffalo Fire is 65 miles west of Denver and forcing thousands to evacuate. Both of the area AKC Pet Disaster Relief recipients are ready to deploy if and when they are needed. The Summit County Animal Control & Shelter has set up a hotline for residents who need help retrieving pets left at homes in the area, (970) 668-4143.
The National Weather Service has placed large portions of the so-called “Four Corners” region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona under a red flag warning of extreme fire danger due to the dry conditions. Please follow all emergency warnings and directives for the safety of you and yours, including your pets.
Updated 11:15AM EST 06/11/18
Colorado Fire Updates
The 416 Fire in southwest Colorado expanded greatly over the weekend. Evacuations have increased to about 2,000 homes. Members of the Durango Kennel Club have been in touch with AKC Reunite staff, helping to donate supplies to La Plata County Humane Society. We will continue to be in touch and monitor the situation Monday and offer resources where we can to help. The National Weather Service has placed large portions of the so-called “Four Corners” region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona under a red flag warning of extreme fire danger due to the dry conditions.
Updated 1:00PM EST 05/25/18
Disaster Relief Updates
AKC Reunite continuously monitors national weather conditions and is in touch with our 67 AKC Pet Disaster Relief recipients when weather threatens their immediate areas. Currently, Mount Kilauea is spewing lava, gas and ash upon the Big Island of Hawaii, and a tropical disturbance over the Yucatan Peninsula has a high chance of developing into a tropical storm threatening heavy rains and flooding in the Gulf over the Memorial Day Weekend. There is also an approaching weather system with increased winds that will lead to critical fire weather conditions along the Colorado River Valley and Mohave County, Arizona. Through all of the uncertainties of what Mother Nature will bring next, the American Kennel Club and AKC Reunite hope that you and your families, friends and pets are safe.
As we monitor these situations, it is important to know all disaster relief/response to any emergency or disaster begins at the local level. If you find that you are in need of storm assistance, including evacuation or sheltering information, contact your local Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control, or local Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Pets are often NOT allowed in Red Cross shelters, so individuals and families should look for specially designated shelters that allow pets or plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets’ collars at all times. You can also potentially rely on sheltering provided by the AKC Pet Disaster Relief network. You can find the closest trailer to you by going to https://www.akcreunite.org/map//.
We also wanted to remind you the AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund provides resources, support and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations providing care for pets displaced from disastrous flooding, storms, volcanoes and wildfires. In fact, AKC Humane Fund and AKC Reunite are providing financial assistance and supplies to Hawaii to aid pets displaced by the volcano eruption. If you are aware of specific needs for relief for companion animals in your immediate area, please email email@example.com.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 Fire Emergency Information: http://www.buttecounty.net/
Butte County -North Valley Animal Disaster Group: (530) 895-0000
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
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
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.
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.
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 DisasterRelief@akc.org if you become aware of specific needs for non-profit sheltering relief for companion animals in the area.