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AKC Relief Efforts Continue in the Southeast after Rash of Hurricanes 

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC) applauds the efforts of Diane Albers and the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (FAKC) for arranging the transfer of more than 100 dogs – homeless as a result of the hurricanes – to various shelters in Colorado. All transported dogs received inoculations, temperament testing and health certificates prior to flying.

The FAKC has shown extraordinary perseverance and unwavering dedication to the animals in Florida and elsewhere that were affected by the hurricanes,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and CEO. The AKC remains fully committed to helping the FAKC in their efforts.

Hundreds of dogs remain homeless in the southeastern U.S. and efforts to care for and eventually find homes for these dogs continues. Recently, the AKC sent dozens of crates to various shelters in Florida and coordinated with The Hartz Mountain Corporation to send additional shipments of flea and tick supplies.

The coordinated effort between AKC, AKC Companion Animal Recovery, FAKC as well as many of our corporate partners, such as Hartz, has been vital to the long-term care of these animals,” Sprung added. ”While there is always a generous outpouring of support from the public immediately following a disaster, it takes incredible time, energy and financial support to sustain long-term care. Until new homes are found for these animals, they remain in critical need of water, food and medicines.

Since Hurricane Charley hit Florida in mid-August, the AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery have coordinated with the FAKC to offer aid to humane societies, shelters and animal control in the following areas:

Florida – Wauchula, Arcadia, Bartow, Sarasota, Inverness, Volusia County, Pinelleas, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Panama City, Vero Beach, and Suncoast

North Carolina – Raeford and Hendersonville

Alabama – Enterprise, Ozark, Dothan, Saleville, and Elba

Supplies to these areas include water, food, microchips, crates, vaccines, wormers, sun sheets, alcohol, peroxide, betadine, towels, blankets, rugs, can openers, tarps, flea sprays, fly sprays, mosquito sprays, batteries, flashlights, generators, fans, hoses, bleach, disinfectants, trash bags, gas cans, camera and film, leashes, collars, bowls, water buckets, coolers, ice and medical supplies such as antibiotics, ear and eye medications, saline, gauze, surgical supplies, etc.

Additionally, the FAKC has donated supplies for livestock left homeless, including feed, water, construction fencing, field fencing, salt blocks, hay, sweet feed, rope, halters, vet wrap and medications. FAKC has also assisted many breed rescue groups by offering gas, truck transport for supplies and dogs, air transport for animals going out of the area for adoption or – in some cases – to their owners who lost their homes and moved elsewhere.

The situation in Florida and elsewhere is still critical. There are hundreds of dogs and cats left homeless that still are in need. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated. If you wish to help, you may send a tax-deductible donation to the AKC-CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund at the address below. Please note on the check that monies should go towards helping the victims of natural disasters.

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.

Additionally, you may make a tax-deductible donation to:

The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs
c/o Diane Albers
401 Cardinal Oaks
Lake Mary, FL 32746

If you wish to help one of the animals in need, please call Diane Albers at the FAKC at 800-597-2987.