AKC Reunite and Assisi Animal Health Announce Challenge Grant to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

AKC Reunite and Assisi Animal Health are pleased to announce a challenge grant to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and their pets. The challenge grant will match donations to AKC Reunite's Pet Disaster Relief Fund dollar for dollar for a total amount of $10,000 to support efforts for the families and pets in Texas and Louisiana affected by Harvey.

“As dedicated members of the Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care community, our hearts go out to the pets and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Francis Russo, Chief Operating Office as Assisi Animal Health. “We are proud to join the animal community at large, and the American Kennel Club and AKC Reunite in furthering their efforts in Texas and Louisiana with this challenge grant.”

This challenge grant follows three successful challenge grants from Barbara and Bob Amen (Delegate, Greater St. Louis Training Club), The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America Charitable Trust and The American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust. Each goal was met and exceeded within 24 hours. Those grants also matched donations to AKC Reunite's Pet Disaster Relief Fund dollar for dollar for a total donation of $10,000 each.

“We are appreciative of the generosity of Assisi Animal Health for starting this grant,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite President and CEO. “The American Kennel Club and AKC Reunite are committed to providing assistance for the victims of Harvey and we are happy to have Assisi Animal Health join us in these efforts.”

Two AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers have been deployed in Dallas and Ft Worth, Texas to help evacuees from the storm, and AKC Reunite will continue to help shelters caring for pets displaced by the storm. Another trailer was recently donated by the AKC Humane Fund to Harris County Animal Shelter to assist in relief efforts. To donate securely online, go to www.akcreunite.org/donate.