Local AKC dog clubs and AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program spearheaded by AKC Reunite that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other natural or civil disasters, donated a life-saving pet disaster relief trailer, the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota, to officials at the Anoka County Emergency Management.
The trailers house and deliver essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and animal care items including crates and carries, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner as well as bowls, collars and leashes. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.
The Anoka County Emergency Management supports not only the citizens of Anoka County but also the Twin Cities Metropolitan Region and the State of Minnesota. Their staff has supported numerous local, regional and statewide disaster activities including flooding, tornadoes, bridge collapses and fires.
The purchase of the trailer was made possible by $22,000 in donations and grants from the Anoka County Minnesota Kennel Club, Greater Twin Cities Golden Retriever Club, Heart of Minnesota Great Dane Club, Minnesota Purebred Dog Breeders Association, Northstar Rottweiler Club, Samoyed Association of Minneapolis- St. Paul, Siberian Husky Club of the Twin Cities, Twin Cities Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.
Individuals, corporations and other interested parties can donate to trailer projects in local areas or across the country. Donations are tax deductible and accepted online. Approved organizations that raise a minimum of $1,000 will have their logo featured on the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer.