Pets in Queen Anne’s county will be a little safer now that the county has obtained an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer, an emergency trailer that helps create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared.
The trailer’s purchase was made possible by more than $22,000 in donations from Queen Anne’s county and the members of the local Talbot Kennel Club, as well as the American Shetland Sheepdog Association Foundation, the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America, the Pharaoh Hound Club of America, and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.
“This trailer will provide animal care services during the first critical hours if a disaster ever hits Queen Anne’s County or the surrounding areas,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “Safe, effective pet sheltering solutions in times of disaster are incredibly important, and AKC Reunite is pleased to help communities across the nation prepare by mobilizing AKC Pet Disaster Relief.”
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.
“This trailer will provide a much-needed resource for our Animal Control and the Department of Emergency Services to help the citizens of Queen Anne’s County and their pets during an emergency or disaster,” said Dawn James, Manager of Animal Control. “We thank Talbot Kennel Club, AKC Reunite and all of the other clubs that contributed for their hard work in raising the donated funds to make it possible to have an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer in Queen Anne’s County.”
“Members of the Talbot Kennel Club wanted to make it easier for our local community to help pet owners in times of need, and we’re very proud to donate this AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to Queen Anne’s County to assist in their future response efforts,” said Talbot Kennel Club president Thomas Harding.
Individuals, corporations and other interested parties can donate to trailer projects in local areas or across the country. Donations are tax deductible and accepted at www.akcreunite.org/donate. 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 in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.