Updated Information – 9:10 AM, 8.31.04
The American Kennel Club (AKC), through its affiliate organization AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC/CAR), continues to work closely with The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (FAKC), to make supplies and offer other assistance to the areas still affected by Hurricane Charley.
FAKC President Diane Albers is working diligently to help establish a new temporary shelter in Arcadia, FL. The temporary shelter, initially established in Wauchula, has moved to Arcadia because Animal Services in Wauchula is now fully functional again and there is still a great need in the Arcadia area. If you have questions about drop off locations or needed supplies, please call Diane Albers directly at 800-597-2987.
AKC and AKC/CAR provide hundreds of crates to keep displaced dogs safe and cool.
“While Hurricane Charley may be long gone, the needs of the animals remain and AKC is committed to supporting the areas in Florida that were hit hard,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC president and CEO. “We are monitoring the situation 24-hours a day and we are able to mobilize supplies quickly as The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs identifies areas with the greatest needs.”
Donations of water, microchips, scanners, crates, a water purifier, space blankets, leashes, collars, fencing, batteries, flashlights and film have been made by AKC and AKC/CAR to various locations in the Florida area. Additionally, supplies are being made available by various companies – The Hartz Mountain Corporation is sending large donations of flea and tick spray, flea and tick shampoo and hundreds of dog collars; Cherrybrook, Inc., provided crates, space blankets, ex-pens, collars, leashes, fencing at a special AKC rate; and, Purina, continues to make large deliveries of dog and cat food.
AKC and AKC/CAR provide airline crates for shipping to foster homes as needed.
Monetary donations are greatly appreciated. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, you may send it to the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund at the address below. Contributions made to AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund are used to immediately purchase needed equipment and supplies and deliver them directly to contact centers. Please note on the check that monies should go towards helping the victims of the Florida disaster.
AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund
American Kennel Club
260 Madison Avenue – 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016-2401
AKC/CAR is a permanent charitable fund which provides resources, support and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations providing care for domestic animal orphaned or displaces as a result of natural or civil disasters.
You may also send tax-deductible donations to:
The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs
c/o Diane Albers
401 Cardinal Oaks
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Water trucks are brought in by AKC and FAKC to relieve thirsty animals in the Florida heat.