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The AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery have donated $3,000 worth of supplies in Hurricane Sandy...

The AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery have donated $3,000 worth of supplies in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts so far.

The first floor of the Woodbridge Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center in Sewaren, NJ was submerged in more than five feet of water after the hurricane and the shelter lost many supplies due to water damage. We sent collars, leashes, pet beds, cage bedding, dog and cat food, and cleaning supplies to help replenish their stock. St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ will also receive 100 AKC blankets to help pets cope with the dropping temperatures.

We continue to stand ready to help other non-profit temporary shelters or rescue groups in need that are housing displaced pets as a result of Hurricane Sandy. If you need assistance, or know of a shelter or rescue group that does, please contact us via AKC’s Facebook page at: or contact Stephanie Smith at or 404-432-8442.


[Wednesday, October 31, 2012]


The AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) continue to stand by on AKC’s Facebook page at: to donate funds to any non-profit temporary shelter or rescue group housing displaced pets as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

We are monitoring Facebook for any requests for assistance. In addition, shelters and rescue groups can contact Stephanie Smith at or 404-432-8442.


[Tuesday, October 30, 2012]


The AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) are ready to help any non-profit temporary shelter needing assistance housing displaced pets as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

The AKC CAR 24/7 Call Center, which helps reunite lost pets with their owners, has added additional Recovery Coordinators to assist concerned owners whose pets may have been lost as a result of the storm or separated from their owners during an evacuation.

As always, AKC and AKC CAR are ready to help. If you know of a shelter needing assistance temporarily housing displaced pets, please contact Stephanie Smith at or 404-432-8442.


[Monday, October 29, 2012]


With Hurricane Sandy expected to affect much of the northeast United States in the coming hours the American Kennel Club and AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) reminds pet owners to have a safety plan in place for their pets, whether evacuating or remaining at home.

“Since 2003, the AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund has been active in donating funds to aid displaced pets during times of natural disaster, so we know first-hand that proper emergency planning ahead of time can help save pets’ lives,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Companion Animal Recovery CEO. “We are currently in contact with hundreds of AKC-affiliated local clubs in the path of Hurricane Sandy to provide disaster relief needs for evacuated pets at temporary shelters. AKC CAR stands ready to offer assistance where needed.”


If remaining at home:

  • Keep the following items handy: your pet’s health records, rabies tag information and medications; food and water bowls; food for one week; at least one gallon of spring water per day per large dog; a portable kennel/crate; pet bedding and a collar and leash.


If evacuating:

  • Never leave your pet at home. Most evacuations last only a few days, but sometimes you may not be able to return to your home quickly. The safest place for your pet to be is with you. Be prepared to take your pet with you in an evacuation by having a sturdy crate or carrier ready for transporting.

  • Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. AKC CAR also recommends permanent identification, such as a microchip, along with enrollment in a pet recovery service. Be sure to keep your contact information current. Pack a backup leash, collar and ID tag. Visit to learn more about microchips and pet recovery services.

  • If you plan to go to a hotel, call ahead to make sure your pet is welcome. Most hotels relax their pet policies during times of crises, but do not assume that will happen. Information concerning hotel pet-friendly policies is typically found on the hotel’s website, but you may also want to call to be sure.

  • Keep copies of your dog’s license, vaccination documents and health records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container. Also include a picture of you and your pet together that can be used for identification in the case that you become separated during an emergency.


NOTE: To schedule an interview with AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson, who can offer more detailed evacuation and Hurricane Preparedness Tips, please call 203-788-1951.

More tips on how to prepare your pets for emergencies can be found on the AKC Website at

In addition to disaster relief, AKC CAR’s Canine Support and Relief Fund awards annual grants in disaster preparedness and to volunteer K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) teams.

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