AKC Pet Disaster Relief Rolls Out Help for Pets in Cheyenne

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Cheyenne, Wyoming 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. This is the first trailer in the state of Wyoming, with only a handful in our time zone. 


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 Cheyenne Animal Shelter.


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 66th AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer donated through this incredible program. The trailer will provide critically important resources to help the Cheyenne Animal Shelter 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 following a disaster, and AKC Reunite is pleased to offer this trailer as a vital tool to assist the shelter when disaster strikes.”


The purchase of the trailer was made possible by donations from the Cheyenne Kennel Club, the Dog Judges Association of America, the Petco Foundation, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.


“We are grateful to these AKC dog clubs and AKC Reunite for providing us with such a significant resource for our community,” said Robert Fecht, President of Cheyenne Animal Shelter. “Now our team is better prepared to help pets and pet owners during times of disaster”.


“Our Association is honored to be a part of the group helping to prepare the Cheyenne Animal Shelter for a disaster by bringing them an invaluable tool like the AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer,” said Bonnie Spiece, President of the Cheyenne Kennel Club.


“We’re delighted to help bring an AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. The trailer helps assure residents of Cheyenne and surrounding areas that their pets will be safe in the event of a disaster,” said Joe Purkhiser, President of the Dog Judges Association of America.


Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.


Learn how you can assist with disaster relief at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter at  http://www.cheyenneanimalshelter.org.