Raleigh, NC — AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program spearheaded by AKC Reunite and dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other natural or civil disasters, presented its third trailer in the state of Maryland to officials from Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit.

“This brand-new trailer will allow our agency to help pets by setting up an extensive emergency shelter during future disasters.”

Captain Steven R. Jones, PIO for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared. Co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals can be created. 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.

The purchase of the trailer for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit was made possible by $22,000 in donations and grants from National Capital Kennel Club, Capital Dog Training Club of Washington D.C., Chesapeake Kennel Club of Maryland, American Tibetan Mastiff Association, Tibetan Terrier Club of America, Tibetan Spaniel Club of America, and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.

“Safe, effective pet sheltering solutions in times of disaster are incredibly important, and AKC Reunite is helping communities across the nation prepare by mobilizing AKC Pet Disaster Relief,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “The trailer donated today would provide animal care services during the first critical hours if a disaster ever hits Calvert County or surrounding areas.”

Captain Steven R. Jones, PIO for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit said, “This brand-new trailer will allow our agency to help pets by setting up an extensive emergency shelter during future disasters. The efforts of the members of the AKC kennel clubs are appreciated by those of us who want to ensure the safety of our pets.”

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.

Learn more about how to get involved online with AKC Pet Disaster Relief or contact us at 919-816-3980 and relief@akcreunite.org.

2017-06-20T12:16:15+00:00