Guadalupe County gets rescue pet trailer with donation

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SEGUIN, TX – Guadalupe County is now better equipped to help pets that may be displaced during a storm, thanks to the donation of a rescue pet trailer by a nonprofit agency.

AKC Reunite, the largest nonprofit animal identification and recovery service provider in the United States, donated the trailer on April 5, weeks after a tornado ripped through Guadalupe County. .

According to a press release, the AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer helps create a temporary, safe home 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, microchips and a universal microchip reader, bowls, collars and leashes as well as fans, lighting and a generator, cleaning products and maintenance items. The supplies can be used as roommate shelters, where people can bug out with their pets, as well as emergency shelters for displaced animals.

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“With the donation of this trailer, many displaced animals can be cared for during their time of need,” said AKC Reunite CEO Tom Sharp. “We are pleased to be a resource in Guadalupe County’s recovery efforts and to be able to help make a difficult time a little easier.”

The trailer was made possible by an initial donation from the Alamo Brittany Club, along with the Texas Coastal Brittany Club, the Dog Judges Association of America, and Rushmore CARES.

“Before Hurricane Harvey in 2017, we didn’t know about the Pet Disaster Relief Trailer Program, but seeing these trailers deployed ignited a fire beneath us to bring this resource into the center- south Texas,” said Niclaus Taula’i, president of agility for the Alamo. Brittany Club. “Our area recently experienced a tornado outbreak and luckily the damage was not more extensive. Going forward, this trailer will help our community partners respond and provide some peace of mind to our neighbors in the need. “

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Patrick Pinder, fire marshal and emergency management coordinator for Guadalupe County Emergency Management, said animal rescue groups will assist trailer personnel.

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