Bucks County, PA — Bucks County is now equipped with a state-of-the-art AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that will be available to dispatch to any disaster scenes that need assistance sheltering pets.
AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of natural or civil disasters, joined forces with local American Kennel Club dog clubs and dog lovers to present an emergency trailer to officials from the Bucks County Animal Response Team & Bucks County Emergency Services in a ceremony held yesterday. This is the 55th AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer rolled out nationwide.
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 generators; 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.
“The first hours after a disaster occurs are critical, and this trailer will provide the shelter and supplies needed to care for animals and keep them safe,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers give areas the effective pet sheltering solutions they need in trying times, and AKC Reunite is pleased to help communities across the nation prepare for such disasters.”
The purchase of the trailer was made possible by more than $22,000 in donations and grants from the Hatboro Dog Club, Kennel Club of Philadelphia, Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Dog Judges Association of America, and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.
“Bucks County has had an active Animal Response Team for many years and this new trailer greatly enhances their capability to serve the community. We are extremely grateful to these AKC dog clubs and AKC Reunite for giving us such an important tool. The AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer will allow us to give our pets the care they need in times of disaster, giving Bucks County pet owners peace of mind,” said Scott Forster, Director of Emergency Services for Bucks County.
“We’re glad to help provide a safe haven for pets affected by disasters in Bucks County and surrounding areas,” said Wayne Ferguson, President of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. “We’re dedicated to the safety of all pets, and committed to providing support in times of crisis.”
“Our club is proud to be a part of providing safety to Bucks County pets,” said Milan D. Lint, President of Hatboro Dog Club. “Giving back to the community is an important part of what we Pennsylvania dog clubs do and we’re glad tohelp bring this AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer, which can provide meaningful support during the difficult times before and after a disaster.”
Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.
The way home for lost pets.
AKC Reunite, an affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, is the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States. Since 1995 AKC Reunite has helped pet owners reunite with their lost animals via identification and 24/7 pet recovery specialists, enrolling over 6 million companion animals and recovering more than 475,000 lost pets. AKC Reunite microchips are a popular choice of pet professionals throughout the country for permanent pet identification.
The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund has donated more than $6 million since 2001 for disaster preparedness and relief causes that impact our nation's pets. AKC Reunite also provides free recovery service enrollment for all active service, military, and law enforcement K-9 dogs. For more information visit www.akcreunite.org or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/akcreunite).