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Life-saving pet trailer donated to Wilson animal response team

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Trailer to help pets, owners in event of disaster in Wilson County and mid-state

Middle Tennessee counties are now equipped with a state-of-the-art AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that will be available to dispatch to disaster scenes that need assistance sheltering pets.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program spearheaded by AKC dog clubs, and AKC Reunite recently presented the emergency trailer to officials from the Wilson County Disaster Animal Response Team in a ceremony at the Country Music Cluster of Dog Shows.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared. After recent disasters like tornadoes and flooding, emergency preparedness has become even more important. With AKC Pet Disaster Relief, Wilson County, Nashville and the surrounding areas will be able to effectively help the pets and their owners affected by such disasters in the future.

The purchase of the trailer was made possible by more than $22,000 in grants from AKC dog clubs, including the Nashville Kennel Club, Tennessee Valley Kennel Club, Maury County Kennel Club, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America and AKC Reunite, the nation's largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.

"This trailer donated today will provide animal care services during the first critical hours if a disaster ever hits Nashville or the surrounding areas," said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. "Safe, effective pet sheltering solutions in times of disaster are incredibly important, and AKC Reunite is pleased to help communities across the nation prepare by mobilizing AKC Pet Disaster Relief."

The trailers house and deliver essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner, as well as bowls, collars and leashes. 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 new trailer will allow us to set up extensive emergency shelters to assist pet owners during future natural disasters," said Julie Hutchison of Wilson County Disaster Animal Response Team. "Thank you to these AKC dog clubs and AKC Reunite for helping us offer a safe place to house our pets during emergencies."

To learn more about Wilson County Disaster Animal Response Team, visit www.wcdart.org or e-mail wcdart@yahoo.com.

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