Following eight devastating tornadoes in Indiana yesterday, the Madison County AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer was deployed to set up a pet shelter beside the Red Cross at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, located at 1500 N Reed Rd, Kokomo, IN.
The trailer houses supplies that create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared. Materials can be used at co-location shelters where people evacuate with their pets, or at stand-alone emergency animal shelters for displaced animals. The trailer is equipped with AKC Reunite microchips and AKC Reunite universal microchip scanners, as well as with bowls, collars, and leashes, among other essential supplies.
"We are deeply concerned about the people and pets affected by the storms in Indiana and are thankful that AKC clubs and AKC Reunite were able to donate this equipment ahead of time to Madison County," President and CEO of AKC Reunite Tom Sharp said. "Thank you to the Madison County emergency management officials for deploying the trailer to help the pets at the Kokomo shelter, and to the many volunteers who are helping out in this emergency. Our prayers are with all those who were affected."
The trailer was purchased by Madison County and was made possible by more than $22,000 in donations and grants from the following local Indiana and national dog organizations:
- Anderson Obedience Training Club
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America
- Tibetan Terrier Club of America
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America
- and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit identification and recovery service.
45 families at the Kokomo shelter have pets. For the first time, this kennel disaster has been deployed. pic.twitter.com/oY6wfmmSS0— Nick Natario (@NNatario) August 25, 2016
Don't forget about furry friends. The Kokomo shelter is now accepting pets. It's the first time this has been used. pic.twitter.com/h9KWcmlEzw— Nick Natario (@NNatario) August 25, 2016