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When Disaster Strikes, The AKC Rolls Out Help By Sharon Pflaumer

Reunite just donated an AKC AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to Harford County in Maryland. Members of the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club, who raised funds toward its purchase and donation, presented the trailer to the Harford County Department of Emergency

Services in a ceremony held on June 24, 2014. Donations toward the trailer’s purchase also were made by the Norfolk Terrier Club of America, the American Lhasa Apso Club, the American Spaniel Club Foundation and the Harford County Department of Emergency Services.

Keeping pets safe The AKC Pet Disaster Relief Program is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of a natural or civil disaster. It is designed to help emergency management personnel, at the local level, provide temporary animal care services immediately after a disaster and before FEMA services can be deployed. It is hoped the program will help end situations where affected owners put themselves and their rescuers in harm’s way in order to save a pet as was the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Marilyn Currey was the catalyst behind the establishment of the new program. Currey, who is the AKC Delegate for the American Chinese Crested Club, saw a

At a ceremony held on June 24, 2014, this AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer was donated to the Harford County Government Department of Emergency Services and Animal Control Division. Photo provided by AKC Reunite.

A view inside the trailer donated to Harford County. 56 Dog News

Mary Lou Olszewski (center), Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club member, presents the key to the Harford County Maryland AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to Mary Chance, Director of Administration, and Russell J. Strickland, Director of the Department of Emergency Services for the county. Photo provided by AKC Reunite.

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