AKC Pet Disaster Relief presented its third trailer in the state of Maryland to officials from Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit this weekend during the Sheriff’s Office Open House.
The 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 donated the $22,000 needed to purchase the trailer.
Club members at the presentation received plaques and a "Sheriff's Salute" from Sheriff Evans in thanks for the donation.
AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared. The trailers house and deliver essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and animal care items including crates and carriers, 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
“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 will 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.”
Learn more about AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.