Syracuse, New York pets will be a little safer now that the Onondaga Animal Response Team (OART) has obtained an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer. It was recently presented to local officials at the Salt City Cluster of Dog Shows.
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.
The purchase of the trailer for the Onondaga Animal Response Team was made possible by $22,000 in donations and grants from Onondaga Kennel Association, Syracuse Obedience Training Club, Pet Haven Cemetery and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.
“The Onondaga Kennel Association recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and throughout the club’s history, the goal of its members has been to help the advancement of dogs and dog health, and to give back to our canine community,” said club president Dan Cunningham. “What better way to celebrate our 100th year than to provide our community with the equipment needed to set up a safe “Pet Disaster Relief" site. Dogs provide love, comfort and companionship while asking for nothing in return!”
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 http://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.