In support of the people and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey, the AKC Humane Fund has donated $10,000, through its “Sandy Fund,” to the city of Houston to aid in relief efforts. The donation was made to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Hurricane Harvey Relief fund, created by Mayor Sylvester Turner.
The AKC Humane Fund’s “Sandy Fund” allows AKC clubs and affiliated organizations to provide assistance for pets and their owners in their own communities during a time of disaster.
“We at the American Kennel Club and AKC Humane Fund are deeply saddened by the severe damage caused by Hurricane Harvey,” said Doug Ljungren, president of the AKC Humane Fund. “We will continue to do everything we can to support relief efforts in the aftermath of this storm.”
In addition to the monetary donation, the AKC Humane Fund has donated an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer (like the one pictured above) to the city of Houston. The trailer is currently being assembled and will be ready on Saturday, September 2, to be deployed immediately. 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, 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.
Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief here.