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AKC Companion Animal Recovery Awards $258,000 in Grants to K-9 Search and Rescue Teams Nationwide

(Tuesday, May 08, 2012)

-- More Than 100 Grants in 40 States to Assist Volunteers --

The AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) Canine Support and Relief Fund recently awarded $258,000 in grants, the majority to K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. Since 2002, AKC CAR has proudly supported the crucial role these volunteers play during natural disasters and other emergencies when the unique talents of a highly trained canine and his handler can often mean the difference between life and death for a missing individual.

“Since 2002, AKC CAR has supported the lifesaving work of hundreds of search and rescue groups,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Companion Animal Recovery CEO. “Many of these organizations are staffed by volunteers and rely on grants and other similar funding to function. We’re very proud that the Fund leads the charge in providing grants to these deserving organizations.”

Examples of K-9 SAR team grants include funding for:

  • Human Remains Detection seminars
  • Rattlesnake proofing
  • Cooling vests, safety vests & repelling harnesses
  • Radios, kennels, crates, leashes & toys
  • Sonar system for water search and safety training
  • K9 First Aid Kits
  • Rubble Pile, Agility, Obedience and Control training to achieve FEMA standards

With more than 100 SAR groups in 40 states, AKC-affiliated kennel clubs across America are holding local presentation ceremonies in their communities where grant recipients are located.

For a full list of 2012 AKC CAR SAR Grant recipients, visit http://www.akccar.org/givingback/

Created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to honor the work of the search and rescue K-9s who bravely served, the AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund is a permanent charitable fund that has donated more than $3 million to SAR teams and to organizations supporting companion animal relief during natural disasters. For more information, visit www.akccar.org.

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