Batavia, OH is now equipped with an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that will be available to dispatch to any disaster scene that needs assistance sheltering pets.
Flooding is the most frequently occurring natural disaster in Ohio. Also, a portion of the state is in the tornado alley. In 2017, there were 39 confirmed tornados in Ohio.
AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in response to natural or civil disasters, joined forces with local American Kennel Club dog clubs and dog lovers to present an emergency trailer to the Tri-State County Animal Response Team (CART).
The AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets during the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared.
The trailers house and deliver essential animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner, bowls, collars and leashes as well as fans, lighting and a generator, cleaning supplies and maintenance items.
These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.
“This is the 67th AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer donated through this incredible program. The trailer will provide critically important resources to help the Tri-State CART quickly care for its citizens and their pets when responding to natural disasters,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “Safe, effective pet sheltering solutions are crucial during an emergency evacuation or immediately after a disaster, and AKC Reunite is pleased to offer this trailer as a vital tool to assist this organization if disaster strikes.”
The purchase of the trailer was made possible by donations from the Clermont County Kennel Club, the Dog Judges Association of America, Warren County Kennel Club of Ohio, the Northern Kentucky Kennel Club, the Queen City Dog Training Club, the Gordon Setter Club of America, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, the Greater Cincinnati Golden Retriever Club, the Brixey & Meyer Community Outreach Foundation and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.
Other donors include: the English Setter Club of Ohio, the Greater Cincinnati Weimaraner Club, the Cincinnati Shetland Sheepdog Club, the Peach Grove Animal Hospital and the Veterinary Dermatology.
“We cannot express our gratitude to AKC Reunite and the AKC dog clubs involved for providing us with such a significant resource for our community,” said Bonnie Morrison, President of the Tri-State CART. “Now our team is better prepared to help people and their pets during times of disaster”.
“Our Association is honored to be a part of the group helping to prepare the Tri-State CART for a disaster by bringing them an invaluable tool like the AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer,” said Marjorie Underwood, Delegate of the Clermont County Kennel Club.
Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.
To learn how you can assist and volunteer with disaster relief at the Tri-State CART at http://tristatecart.com/.