Pets in Sumter County, Georgia and the surrounding areas will be a little safer now that the Sumter Humane Society (SHS) 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 was presented to the public on Saturday, April 23rd at the Arts in the Park event in Rees Park.
The Sumter Humane Society (SHS), The Labrador Retriever Club, the Dog Judges Association of America and AKC Reunite raised and donated donated over $22,000 to bring an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to Sumter County.
"I am so pleased that the Sumter Humane Society now has the ability to assist our community members with the care of their pets in the event of a disaster. Saving lives and reducing the suffering of companion animals is our number one goal and we now have the ability and the equipment to rescue pets that have been displaced from their homes during an emergency, care for them, and return them back to their families,” said Ruth Olson of the Sumter Humane Society. “I sincerely thank the AKC, Mr. Bruce Hall for bringing the proposal to us, The Labrador Retriever Club and the Dog Judges Association of America for helping us fund the purchase. The AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer will be a tremendous asset to our community."
Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.