With wildfires ravaging regions of Northern California, the American Kennel Club (AKC) wants to make sure that both humans and pets are given the resources necessary to stay safe during this devastating time.
Here is some useful information on disaster preparedness and response, how you can help, and what AKC is doing for dogs and people in need.
Please check back, as we are constantly updating this page with the most up-to-date information and resources as they become available.
Don't Leave Your Pets Behind
It's important to remember that your pets are a part of your family, so if you have to evacuate, your animals should go with you. You can find mandatory evacuation and fire containment information for the state of California here.
If you are evacuating and looking for a pet-friendly shelter, click here for a list of locations that accept pets.
Our AKC Reunite Canine Support & Relief Fund has been established as a charitable fund with the goals of providing resources, support, funds, and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations providing care for domestic animals orphaned or displaced as a result of natural or civil disasters. If you're able to, please consider making a donation to this worthy organization.
10/12 UPDATE: AKC Reunite has donated $10,000 to the Sonoma Animal Shelter, which is taking in evacuated and found pets. Reunite has also donated $5,000 to the North Valley Animal Response Team. This all-volunteer group is currently fighting the fires in northern California.
AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Relief Trailers
AKC Pet Disaster Relief helps local Emergency Management provide animal care services immediately following a disaster. Currently, Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation, the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer recipient closes to the fires, is proactively reaching out to the affected counties. They have yet to request direct assistance, so the trailer cannot be deployed. The SoCal Animal Response Team, however, has deployed their AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to an emergency evacuation shelter at El Modena High School located at 3920 E Spring St, Orange, CA 92869.
Here are some helpful links on how to prepare for a disaster and what to do if you are affected by one.