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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com if you become aware of specific needs for non-profit sheltering relief for companion animals in the area.