American Kennel Club Pet Disaster Relief Trailer Helps Animals in Need

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Officials are calling the American Kennel Club (AKC) Pet Disaster Relief trailer a true state of the art amenity.

Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to public safety in Camden County, says the trailer is now available to dispatch to disaster scenes.

“We see heartbreaking images of dogs being left on porches or in any natural disaster," said Young. "But Camden County is the first in southern New Jersey to have a trailer dedicated to assisting pets and animals and pets to have nowhere else to go in these types of emergencies."

Jeffrey David Ball, president of New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs, says the trailer is fully supplied to help get animals through a natural disaster.

The idea all stemmed from Hurricane Katrina after seeing images of displaced animals when the disaster left them astray.

“It showed right here in New Jersey when we had Sandy," said Ball. "Many people did not wanna leave their homes because they were not going to leave their pets. For most of us, our pets are a part of our family."

The AKC Pet Trailer currently has 65 crates to rescue animals with bowls, carriers, and leashes — all ready for use.

The trailer also features an AKC Reunite Universal Microchip Scanner, which will help trace animals back to their owners.

“So as the animals come in, the animals are examined," said Ball. "Is it potential that they have to go into quarantine, their isolation, where do they go? The vet then will designate them to an area, which will be set up all within this.”

In a time when disasters seem to have become more common, Camden County continues to try to improve care for families and their pets.

To learn more, visit camdencounty.com/service/public-safety/county-animal-response-team.

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