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AKC Pet Disaster Relief Rolls Out Help for Pets in Maryland

(Wednesday, May 07, 2014)

AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program spearheaded by AKC Reunite and dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other natural or civil disasters, just donated its first-ever trailer in the state of Maryland.

Members of the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club presented the trailer to officials from Cecil County Department of Emergency Services in a ceremony held yesterday.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 50 pets immediately after a disaster is declared. Co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals, can be created.

The trailers house and deliver essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and animal care items including crates and carries, microchips and a scanner as well as bowls, collars and leashes.

The purchase of the trailer for Cecil County Department of Emergency Services was made possible by $22,000 in donations and grants from Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club, Cecil County DES, the English Setter Association of America, the Schipperke Club of America Rescue & Health Foundation, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club and AKC Reunite.

“The Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club wanted to make it easier for our local community to help pet owners in times of disaster and our club members are very proud to donate this AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to Cecil County to assist in their future response efforts,” said NEMKC's Mary Lou Olszewski, AKC Delegate from the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club.

Cecil County Department of Emergency Services Emergency Planner Mark Sweitzer said, “This new trailer will allow us to set up an extensive emergency shelter to assist pet owners during future natural disasters. We’re excited about our improved ability to care for our county’s pets and thank the members of the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club and other donors for their efforts in helping us acquire an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer.”

Interested in donating to a trailer project in your area? Donations are tax deductible and approved organizations that raise a minimum of $1,000 will have their logo featured on the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer.

Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief or contact AKC Reunite at 919-816-3980 and relief@akcreunite.org.


A crowd came to watch the presentation!


AKC Delegate from Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club Mary Lou Olszewski presents the keys to the trailer to Cecil County Executive Tari Moore


Richard K. Brooks III, Director, Department of Emergency Services (l) and Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club's Mary Lou Olszewski cut the cake at the ceremony