RALEIGH, North Carolina, November 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — AKC Reunite, the largest non-profit animal identification and recovery service provider in United States is pleased to announce the donation of its 100e AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. This rescue gear will be available to send to any local disaster scene that needs help sheltering pets. He will assist the Wayne & Pike County Animal Response Team in assisting community pets that may be relocated in the event of an emergency. The donation of this trailer is dedicated to Patricia Lauransco-chair of the AKC Reunite pet disaster relief trailer program.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief is a national program sponsored by AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit microchip identification and recovery service. AKC Reunite partners with AKC® Kennel clubs and pet lovers across the country to make these donations a reality. The Wayne & Pike County Animal Response Team trailer was made possible through a donation from the Kennel Club of philadelphia creamHarrisburg Kennel Club and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America.

“AKC Reunite feels honored to have been able to make an impact in 100 communities across the country by providing relief supplies to pets to help them prepare for disasters,” said Tom Sharp, President of AKC Reunite. “This trailer is dedicated to Patricia Laurans, co-chair of the program’s working group and the best champion and cheerleader you could ask for. Thanks to Pat’s leadership and the help of hundreds of AKC Kennel Clubs across the country, we have been able to provide lifesaving equipment since 2013.”

Patricia W. Lauransof Newtown, Connecticut, has been active in dog sport for 50 years as an exhibitor, handler of all breeds and Best In Show breeder, National Specialty winner and producer of German Wirehaired Pointers. She was a delegate of the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America for over 30 years. During this time, she was elected to the AKC Board of Directors and started an AKC Breeder Education Program and helped establish the Junior Scholarship Program. When Laurans left the board in 2000, she was elected to the parent club committee and served as its president from 2000 to 2022. During that tenure, she helped establish the club’s conference program of parents and has chaired three national parent club conferences. In 2013, she helped establish the AKC Reunite pet disaster relief trailer program.

Equipment from AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers helps create a temporary, safe home base for at least 65 pets for the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared. The trailers house and deliver essential animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchip and universal AKC Reunite microchip scanner, bowls, collars and leashes as well as fans, lighting and a generator, cleaning products and maintenance items. These supplies can be used as roommate shelters, where people can bug out with their pets, as well as emergency shelters for displaced animals.

“We were thrilled to learn that we received the grant for a new trailer for the Wayne & Pike County Animal Response Team at Pennsylvania. When the trailer arrived we were even more thrilled to see it was fully loaded with equipment,” said Francois Gavin, chairman of the Wayne & Pike County Animal Response Team. “Having this trailer is a blessing as it will increase our response time when we are dispatched in an emergency. On behalf of Wayne and Pike CART and Wayne & Pike Counties, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to AKC Reunite for amazing gift.”

“The Kennel Club of philadelphia cream is proud to sponsor the 100th Reunite Disaster Trailer for Wayne & Pike Counties,” said wayne fergussonPresident of the Kennel Club of philadelphia cream. “To date, our club has sponsored 13 disaster trailers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to help ensure that in the event of a disaster, our pets will be safe.”

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

AKC Reunite
The way back for lost animals.

AKC Reunite, an affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, is the largest non-profit pet microchip identification and recovery service provider in United States. Since 1995, AKC Reunite has helped pet owners find their lost pets through 24/7 animal identification and recovery specialists, registering over 9 million pets and by recovering more than 500,000 lost animals. AKC Reunite microchips are a popular choice of pet professionals nationwide for permanent pet identification.

AKC Reunite has donated more than $10 million since 2002 for pet-related causes, including disaster preparedness and relief, such as the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donation program. AKC Reunite also offers free registration to the recovery service for all K-9 active service, military and law enforcement dogs. For more information, visit www.akcreunite.org or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/akcreunite).


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