AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery have been working with fanciers and state emergency personnel coordinating both disaster preparedness and disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf Coast region.
The AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund has sent more than $12,000 in supplies to aid those affected by Hurricane Gustav. In addition, 1,000 microchips and scanners were committed to a shelter in Missouri that is housing displaced animals from the Gulf region.
AKC outreach to more than 38 AKC clubs and their officers helped to pinpoint where there was a need for donations. Shipments of crates and other needed supplies were provided to the affected areas with the generous assistance of www.dog.com.
Based on pre-storm outreach with State Animal Response Team leaders in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, AKC and AKC CAR were able to get much needed crates and supplies into the hands of local shelters in Texas, including through Longview Kennel Club volunteers working with shelter personnel to care for displaced companion animals.In one instance, a team effort between AKC CAR and local residents helped volunteers on the ground in Center, Texas purchase crates and supplies from local retail establishments to fill an immediate need. You can read their story here. In addition, AKC Inspectors also made on-site visits to shelters to assess the situation and offer assistance.
The Mississippi State University-AKC CAR Mobile Veterinary Clinic -- purchased by the university following Hurricane Katrina with a $100,000 grant from AKC Companion Animal Recovery -- has also been active in responding to Hurricane Gustav. The unit was able to mobilize quickly and travel to Jackson, Mississippi to assist evacuees and their pets from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans areas. After setting up near the shelters at the Mississippi Coliseum and the Mississippi Fairgrounds, the unit’s four veterinarians, several veterinary students and one veterinary technician were present all day to handle any medical needs that arose. To learn more about the mobile clinic and its work during Gustav, click here.
Many shelters and AKC breeders are still recovering from the effects of the storm and AKC CAR is continuing to provide assistance while ramping up preparedness efforts for Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike on the east coast.