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AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund

July 20, 2010

The American Kennel Club’s Companion Animal Recovery administers the Canine Support and Relief Fund.  It was established in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001.  Since its creation, the fund has distributed almost $3 million to non-profit canine search and rescue organizations, not-profit veterinary units supporting canine rescue teams and not-for-profit animal shelters and other organizations that provide care for companion animals in the event of natural or civil disaster.

So far, on 2010, the Canine Support Fund has distributed nearly $400,000 in grants.  Two of their grants went to purchase CAMET (Companion Animal Mobile Equipment Trailer) units in Vermont and Delaware.  The trailers provide immediate shelter when disaster strikes and contain items such as crates, a generator, first aid kits, a pressure washer, power cords, animal ID bands, dog bowls and more. Once unloaded, the trailer also serves as a local command center.  Their press release is available here.

“Vermont is grateful to the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery for providing the funding needed for purchase of a CAMET by the Vermont Disaster Animal Response Team (VDART, Inc),” said Dr. Kristin Haas, State Veterinarian. “As a result of this kind donation, The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and VDART, Inc. will be better prepared to effectively meet the animal emergency response challenges that arise during any disaster event.  On behalf of the 75% of Vermont residents who own pets, I would like to extend my appreciation to the AKC CAR for this gift to our state.”

In addition, to these types of grants, the Canine Support and Relief Fund also gives grants to local Search and Rescue groups. A list of the 2010 recipients is below:

  • Alamo Area Search and Rescue – Helotes, TX
  • Calvert K-9 Search Team – Leonard, MD
  • Cayuga County Highland Search and Rescue – Auburn, NY
  • Central Georgia K9 Search and Rescue – Eatonton, GA
  • Central Ohio K9 Search, Rescue and Recovery – Medina, OH
  • Champlain Valley Search and Rescue K9 Unit – Keeseville, NY
  • Coastal Carolina Search Team – Bell Arthur, NC
  • East Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire SAR – Fredericktown, PA
  • Great Basin K9 SAR – Odgen, UT
  • Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs (GARD) – Chesapeake, VA
  • Illinois-Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dogs – Woodstock, IL
  • Indiana K9 Search and Recovery – Indianapolis, IN
  • Jefferson County Search and Dog Association – Louisville, KY
  • K9 Alert Search and Rescue Dogs – Midlothian, VA
  • K-9 One Search and Rescue – Flint, MI
  • K-9 Search and Rescue of Orange City – Orange City, FL
  • K9 Search and Rescue of Texas – Houston, TX
  • Kentucky K9 Search and Rescue Team – Louisville, KY
  • National Search Dog Alliance – Houston, TX
  • North Alabama Search Dog Association – Athens, AL
  • Paws of Life Foundation – Ames, IA
  • People and Paws Search and Rescue – Milwaukee, WI
  • Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado (SARDOC) – Ft. Collins, CO
  • Search Dog Network – Bryan, TX
  • Search One Rescue Team – Coppell, TX
  • S.T.R.I.K.E. – West Milton, PA
  • SWPANSAR K9/EFA Team – Foley, AL
  • The Search and Rescue Dog Foundation – Barrington, NJ
  • University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine – Gainesville, FL
  • Valley Search and Rescue – Lehigh Valley, PA
  • Wahkiakum County Search and Rescue – Cathlamet, WA
  • Wolf River K9 Search and Rescue – Iola, WI

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