BATON ROUGE, LA — AKC Reunite, the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States is pleased to announce its donation of an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer in Baton Rouge, LA. This life-saving equipment will be available to dispatch to any local disaster scene that needs assistance sheltering pets.
This trailer was delivered on March 22nd, during the height of Louisiana’s flood season and just as hurricane season is approaching. It will assist the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control & Rescue Center in helping community pets that may become displaced from natural disasters.
“The Baton Rouge trailer is the 92nd AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donation through the AKC Pet Disaster Relief program and will provide critical resources to help the team at the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control & Rescue Center quickly set up emergency shelter and care for displaced pets during a disaster,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “Safe pet care and sheltering solutions are crucial immediately following a disaster, and we are pleased to offer this trailer as an important resource to help the community.”
The equipment in the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers helps 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.
“Our team is extremely thankful to AKC Reunite, the Sherwood South Animal Hospital and the various AKC dogs clubs that contributed for providing this vital and lifesaving tool for our community,” said Daniel Piatkiewicz of the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control & Rescue Center. “Our organization is now better prepared to support the people and pets of our community in the wake of a disaster.”
*The Labrador Retriever Club donated $10,000 to this trailer. We try to contribute to two of these trailers each year.