WHAT IS AKC PET DISASTER RELIEF?

This program assists local Emergency Management planning and response to help people and their pets.

HAVING THE RIGHT PLAN IN PLACE

After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, local Emergency Management teams are now required by Federal Law to have readiness plans and resources available to help citizens and their pets in the event of a disaster.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief helps local Emergency Management provide animal care services immediately following a disaster. Once donated, AKC Pet Disaster Relief equipment will become the property of the municipality to deploy whenever a disaster is declared. They will assume insurance requirements, as well as proper storage and maintenance of the trailer and its contents.

Fireman Holding Dog After a Disaster

OUR TRAILERS ARE STOCKED

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers are stocked with essential, nonperishable necessities for sheltering pets. The supplies can be used to create a safe, temporary home-base for displaced animals and can be used to create one of two types of animal shelters.

  • Co-location Shelters: A shelter that houses both humans and their animal companions. The people housed at the shelter are responsible for their animal’s general care.
  • Lost and Found Pet Shelters: Displaced animals are housed in what often becomes a pop-up reunion center as people and animals are reunited. Approved volunteers and shelter staff provide animal care.

WHERE ARE OUR TRAILERS?

AKC Pet Disaster Relief has delivered dozens of trailers across the US.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer is stocked with essential non-perishable supplies to house at least 65 pets during the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared, the time before federal or state resources can be mobilized. The trailer can be driven to a designated site to be deployed. Its contents are supplied based on North Carolina’s State Animal Response Team expertise in handling hurricanes, floods, fires and tornados.

ANIMAL CARE ESSENTIALS

Crates packed on dollies, cat carriers, kitty litter, microchips, scanners, bowls, collars, leashes.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLIES

Log books, volunteer registration forms, wrist & collar bands and check-in materials.

MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES

Batteries, gas can, tape, flashlight, extension cords, safety vest, plastic rolls & runner.

EQUIPMENT

Fans, generator, lighting, hose, fire extinguisher, shop-vac pop-up-tent and a printer.

CLEANING SUPPLIES

Mop, trash can, tarps, litter boxes, disinfectants, pooper scooper, garbage bags and spray bottles.

TRAINING MATERIALS

For towing, storage, maintenance, deployment, cleaning and more provided by AKC Reunite.

Many people ask about including perishable items like vaccines and food but these supplies cannot be stored on the trailer. Local Emergency Management’s planning should include deployment of veterinary care and resources, trained volunteers and sources for perishable items, such as food. Often times the community will step up and donate food and pet care supplies after a disaster.

WANT INFORMATION TO GO?

PROGRAM OVERVIEW BROCHURE

Our Corporate Brochure is a great resource to fully explain
the mission of AKC Pet Disaster Relief.

TOP TEN QUESTIONS

Download our Top Ten Questions Document.
This helpful list covers the most common program questions.