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AKC Pet Disaster Relief FAQ 2017-06-20T12:16:00+00:00

AKC Reunite is not a first responder organization. By law, it is local Emergency Management that is responsible for mobilizing resources, implementing disaster plans and declaring a disaster in order to request assistance from non-government organizations (NGO’s), neighboring municipalities and counties, their State and/or FEMA.

AKC Reunite donates AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers, supplies and trailer deployment training materials to local Emergency Management Teams so communities can be prepared to help people with their pets when disaster strikes. Although our resources and capabilities are limited at the time of an emergency, if you are a non-profit organization in need of assistance with the sheltering of displaced animals during a declared disaster, please contact us at relief@akcreunite.org or 919-816-3980 and we can see how we may be able to help.


There are two ways for your Local Club to get involved, and they work hand-in-hand.

  • Pitch AKC Pet Disaster Relief to your Local Emergency Management.  With buy-in, you are on your way to showcasing your Club’s concern for all pets and their well-being during a disaster, a time when they need it most.  Plus, you will grow meaningful relationships with local government on a grassroots level.
  • Register your Club or Local Community with AKC Reunite so funds can be designated toward your program.  Then, begin promoting AKC Pet Disaster Relief to your Club members and community to raise funds to source the trailer.  See HELP US ROLL OUT HELP REGISTRATION FORM found here.

Your Club can help with this great program even if it is not a local club. Register your Parent Club with AKC Reunite so funds can be designated toward your Club’s fund raising goals.  Then, begin promoting AKC Pet Disaster Relief to your Club members to raise funds so your Club’s logo can be featured on an AKC Pet Disaster Trailer.

Local Emergency Management is often handled at the county level or for a regional area within a state.  It is the responsibility of Local Emergency Management to provide support and leadership in preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to their local, business and volunteer partners.  Regardless of the size or budget of a community, the responsibility to prepare and care for its citizens – including plans to accommodate people with their pets in the event of a disaster– is required by law.

AKC Reunite can make Emergency Management team introductions in your local area, if needed.

You can also do a simple web search with your City or County’s name and “Local Emergency Management” to find your local contacts.


Since Hurricane Katrina a series of laws (including the 2006 Federal PETS Act), have been passed that require local emergency management to plan for caring for people and their pets in the event of a disaster.  AKC Pet Disaster Relief provides local municipalities with an invaluable resource to meet these requirements and to shelter pets during disasters.

Local Emergency Management needs to agree to store, maintain and insure the trailer.  They are also required to showcase the trailer in their community at public events like County Fairs and Parades and other festivals to educate citizens about disaster preparedness for pets.  More information can be found in the AGREEMENT.

No.  The Local Emergency Management Team will take possession of the trailer and per the AGREEMENT terms, they will assume insurance requirements, as well as proper storage and maintenance of trailer and its contents.

Local Emergency Management will use AKC Pet Disaster Relief in two different ways:

  • As Co-location Shelters: keep animals and their human companions together, commonly needed during an evacuation due to an approaching hurricane, wildfires or even Hazmat dangers.  In these situations, families are responsible for their pets’ general care.
  • As Lost and Found Pet Shelters: provide sheltering and care for pets lost from their families during a disaster.  Local Emergency Management and approved volunteers handle general pet care.

The AKC Pet Disaster Relief equipment will become the property of the municipality.  Per the AGREEMENT terms Local Emergency Management is authorized to use the trailer whenever a disaster is declared.  More information about the equipment’s uses and restrictions can be found in the AGREEMENT.

Disasters are declared at a local, State or Federal level by authorized government officials.  Disaster declarations are made for a specific situation, such as flood, fire, storm, earthquake, epidemic, drought, sudden and severe energy shortage, or other similar condition; when there exists a condition of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property; and, when conditions are beyond the effective response capability of local government.

In order to volunteer after a disaster you will need to take the ICS 100 Training.  This is the minimum amount of training required to volunteer during your county’s response and recovery efforts.  You can access this training here.  This course is NIMS ( National Incident Management System) compliant and uses the objectives developed collaboratively by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the United States Fire Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Emergency Management Institute.

This is a fantastic idea!  Discuss partnership possibilities when you present the AKC Pet Disaster Relief concept to your Local Emergency Management team.  The more exposure your community has to the resources available for its pets during a disaster, the better chances Local Emergency Management will have in successful disaster response.

It is possible for AKC Pet Disaster Relief equipment to be shared with neighboring municipalities.  To do this, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is usually required between the two entities.  Your Local Emergency Management should be familiar with this process.

Federal Law requires local emergency management to plan for the care of pets during a disaster.  Aid can take days to mobilize, leaving people and their pets at risk for at least the first 72 hours.  Generally, in major disasters FEMA comes in with equipment, personnel, money and resources after the first 72 hours, or to help rebuild and re-equip after a disaster.

AKC Reunite is a 501(c)3 not-for profit.  Donations should be made to AKC Reunite via the DONATION SOLICITATION FORM and are tax deductible.

Both entities and individuals can donate to AKC Pet Disaster Relief.

If an approved entity raises a minimum of $1,000, they can have their logo featured on a trailer.  Individuals can also make donations and reference their club to help the organization meet their specific fundraising goals.

The larger the fundraising contribution, the larger the logo on the trailer.  See HELP US ROLL OUT HELP REGISTRATION FORM. Logo placement is at the sole discretion of AKC Reunite.


The current typical cost of each Unit is approximately $22,000. Once the sponsoring Local AKC club(s) have raised at least $12,000, AKC Reunite will allocate and supplement the additional funding to fully fund the trailer using National donations from AKC Parent Clubs and its own funding. These amounts are subject to change. If your Club or group of Clubs wants exclusive sponsorship of the trailer, a donation of $19,500 is required. All trailers are delivered with AKC Reunite logos and the AKC Pet Disaster Relief masthead. Club and other logos will be featured for funding of $1,000 or greater toward a trailer according to the logo schedule.

Consider building a fundraising network with other Clubs in your local area.

Preferably a vector file (.eps or .ai), otherwise a high-resolution jpeg or PDF (300 dpi) of your logo will be required.

The logos are high-quality decals made from industrial/professional grade 3M™Control Tac™ Plus 180 or equivalent and will be coated with a clear sealant.

Under the terms of the AGREEMENT, the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer will be delivered fully stocked with logos applied, including the name of the Local Emergency Management team.  The municipality is not authorized to add additional logos or remove the logos provided on the trailer.

The AKC Pet Disaster Relief  trailer is stocked with essential supplies to house at least 65 pets the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared.  The trailer has lighting and is wired for electricity, to run off either a generator or 110v power supply. Following is a sampling of typical contents:

    • Administrative  Supplies:  Log books, Volunteer registration forms, wrist/collar bands, check-in materials
    • Maintenance Equipment:  Batteries, Gas Can, Duct Tape
    • Animal Care:  Crates packed on rolling dollies for easy set-up, cat carriers,; litter, microchips and scanner, bowls, collars and leashes
    • Equipment:  Fans, Generator, Lighting, Hose
    • Cleaning Supplies:  Mop, trash can, tarps, litter boxes, disinfectants
    • Access to training materials:  Turnkey implementation of Co-Located Shelters and Pop-up Reunion Centers, Volunteer Mobilization, Decontamination and Replenishment

    View the entire trailer content list.


    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.  Oftentimes the community will step up and donate food and pet care supplies after a disaster.

    Recipient organization must have access to a vehicle capable of transporting the Unit. The typical Unit is a 16ft x 7ft two-axle trailer with up to 10,000 lb GVW.  Truck should be at least ¾ ton with electric brakes and 10,000 lb pound hitch.

    We expect it to take up to 90 days to deliver a trailer once the money has been raised, the GRANT APPLICATION is approved and the AGREEMENT is signed.  The time may be affected by the volume of trailers requested.



    There are two ways for your Local Club to get involved, and they work hand-in-hand.

    • Pitch AKC Pet Disaster Relief to your Local Emergency Management.  With buy-in, you are on your way to showcasing your Club’s concern for all pets and their well-being during a disaster, a time when they need it most.  Plus, you will grow meaningful relationships with local government on a grassroots level.
    • Register your Club or Local Community with AKC Reunite so funds can be designated toward your program.  Then, begin promoting AKC Pet Disaster Relief to your Club members and community to raise funds to source the trailer.  See HELP US ROLL OUT HELP REGISTRATION FORM found here.

    Your Club can help with this great program even if it is not a local club. Register your Parent Club with AKC Reunite so funds can be designated toward your Club’s fund raising goals.  Then, begin promoting AKC Pet Disaster Relief to your Club members to raise funds so your Club’s logo can be featured on an AKC Pet Disaster Trailer.


    Local Emergency Management is often handled at the county level or for a regional area within a state.  It is the responsibility of Local Emergency Management to provide support and leadership in preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to their local, business and volunteer partners.  Regardless of the size or budget of a community, the responsibility to prepare and care for its citizens – including plans to accommodate people with their pets in the event of a disaster– is required by law.

    AKC Reunite can make Emergency Management team introductions in your local area, if needed.

    You can also do a simple web search with your City or County’s name and “Local Emergency Management” to find your local contacts.


    Since Hurricane Katrina a series of laws (including the 2006 Federal PETS Act), have been passed that require local emergency management to plan for caring for people and their pets in the event of a disaster.  AKC Pet Disaster Relief provides local municipalities with an invaluable resource to meet these requirements and to shelter pets during disasters.

    Local Emergency Management needs to agree to store, maintain and insure the trailer.  They are also required to showcase the trailer in their community at public events like County Fairs and Parades and other festivals to educate citizens about disaster preparedness for pets.  More information can be found in the AGREEMENT.

    No.  The Local Emergency Management Team will take possession of the trailer and per the AGREEMENT terms, they will assume insurance requirements, as well as proper storage and maintenance of trailer and its contents.


    Local Emergency Management will use AKC Pet Disaster Relief in two different ways:

    • As Co-location Shelters: keep animals and their human companions together, commonly needed during an evacuation due to an approaching hurricane, wildfires or even Hazmat dangers.  In these situations, families are responsible for their pets’ general care.
    • As Lost and Found Pet Shelters: provide sheltering and care for pets lost from their families during a disaster.  Local Emergency Management and approved volunteers handle general pet care.

    The AKC Pet Disaster Relief equipment will become the property of the municipality.  Per the AGREEMENT terms Local Emergency Management is authorized to use the trailer whenever a disaster is declared.  More information about the equipment’s uses and restrictions can be found in the AGREEMENT.

    Disasters are declared at a local, State or Federal level by authorized government officials.  Disaster declarations are made for a specific situation, such as flood, fire, storm, earthquake, epidemic, drought, sudden and severe energy shortage, or other similar condition; when there exists a condition of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property; and, when conditions are beyond the effective response capability of local government.

    In order to volunteer after a disaster you will need to take the ICS 100 Training.  This is the minimum amount of training required to volunteer during your county’s response and recovery efforts.  You can access this training here.  This course is NIMS ( National Incident Management System) compliant and uses the objectives developed collaboratively by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the United States Fire Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Emergency Management Institute.

    This is a fantastic idea!  Discuss partnership possibilities when you present the AKC Pet Disaster Relief concept to your Local Emergency Management team.  The more exposure your community has to the resources available for its pets during a disaster, the better chances Local Emergency Management will have in successful disaster response.

    It is possible for AKC Pet Disaster Relief equipment to be shared with neighboring municipalities.  To do this, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is usually required between the two entities.  Your Local Emergency Management should be familiar with this process.

    Federal Law requires local emergency management to plan for the care of pets during a disaster.  Aid can take days to mobilize, leaving people and their pets at risk for at least the first 72 hours.  Generally, in major disasters FEMA comes in with equipment, personnel, money and resources after the first 72 hours, or to help rebuild and re-equip after a disaster.


    AKC Reunite is a 501(c)3 not-for profit.  Donations should be made to AKC Reunite via the DONATION SOLICITATION FORM and are tax deductible.

    Both entities and individuals can donate to AKC Pet Disaster Relief.

    If an approved entity raises a minimum of $1,000, they can have their logo featured on a trailer.  Individuals can also make donations and reference their club to help the organization meet their specific fundraising goals.

    The larger the fundraising contribution, the larger the logo on the trailer.  See HELP US ROLL OUT HELP REGISTRATION FORM. Logo placement is at the sole discretion of AKC Reunite.


    The current typical cost of each Unit is approximately $22,000. Once the sponsoring Local AKC club(s) have raised at least $12,000, AKC Reunite will allocate and supplement the additional funding to fully fund the trailer using National donations from AKC Parent Clubs and its own funding. These amounts are subject to change. If your Club or group of Clubs wants exclusive sponsorship of the trailer, a donation of $19,500 is required. All trailers are delivered with AKC Reunite logos and the AKC Pet Disaster Relief masthead. Club and other logos will be featured for funding of $1,000 or greater toward a trailer according to the logo schedule.

    Consider building a fundraising network with other Clubs in your local area.

    Preferably a vector file (.eps or .ai), otherwise a high-resolution jpeg or PDF (300 dpi) of your logo will be required.

    The logos are high-quality decals made from industrial/professional grade 3M™Control Tac™ Plus 180 or equivalent and will be coated with a clear sealant.

    Under the terms of the AGREEMENT, the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer will be delivered fully stocked with logos applied, including the name of the Local Emergency Management team.  The municipality is not authorized to add additional logos or remove the logos provided on the trailer.


    AKC Reunite is not a first responder organization. By law, it is local Emergency Management that is responsible for mobilizing resources, implementing disaster plans and declaring a disaster in order to request assistance from non-government organizations (NGO’s), neighboring municipalities and counties, their State and/or FEMA.

    AKC Reunite donates AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers, supplies and trailer deployment training materials to local Emergency Management Teams so communities can be prepared to help people with their pets when disaster strikes. Although our resources and capabilities are limited at the time of an emergency, if you are a non-profit organization in need of assistance with the sheltering of displaced animals during a declared disaster, please contact us at relief@akcreunite.org or 919-816-3980 and we can see how we may be able to help.


    The AKC Pet Disaster Relief  trailer is stocked with essential supplies to house at least 65 pets the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared.  The trailer has lighting and is wired for electricity, to run off either a generator or 110v power supply. Following is a sampling of typical contents:

      • Administrative  Supplies:  Log books, Volunteer registration forms, wrist/collar bands, check-in materials
      • Maintenance Equipment:  Batteries, Gas Can, Duct Tape
      • Animal Care:  Crates packed on rolling dollies for easy set-up, cat carriers,; litter, microchips and scanner, bowls, collars and leashes
      • Equipment:  Fans, Generator, Lighting, Hose
      • Cleaning Supplies:  Mop, trash can, tarps, litter boxes, disinfectants
      • Access to training materials:  Turnkey implementation of Co-Located Shelters and Pop-up Reunion Centers, Volunteer Mobilization, Decontamination and Replenishment

      View the entire trailer content list.


      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.  Oftentimes the community will step up and donate food and pet care supplies after a disaster.

      Recipient organization must have access to a vehicle capable of transporting the Unit. The typical Unit is a 16ft x 7ft two-axle trailer with up to 10,000 lb GVW.  Truck should be at least ¾ ton with electric brakes and 10,000 lb pound hitch.

      We expect it to take up to 90 days to deliver a trailer once the money has been raised, the GRANT APPLICATION is approved, the AGREEMENT is signed and all logos are received.  The time may be affected by the volume of trailers requested.