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AKC and AKC/CAR SEND TEAMS TO GULF STATES
TO OFFER ASSISTANCE FOR DOGS AT LOCAL SHELTERS

 A $25,000 Donation From the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund  Made to Take the Lead to Aid Fanciers

 New York, NY The American Kennel Club (AKC®) and affiliated organization AKC Companion Animal Recovery has sent relief teams to visit local shelters to offer help to local canine relief workers in Louisiana and Mississippi. (see on-site interview Sept. 9)

  “Offering assistance in this way brings immediate relief to workers caring for dogs and to the pets of the hurricane disaster in that supplies can be shipped directly to the location where there is an urgent need,” said AKC Chairman Ron Menaker. “We will continue our outreach efforts in this personal and immediate way as well as donate to other organizations, such as our $25,000 donation to Take the Lead Katrina Relief Fund, who are reaching out to people in the fancy in need.” 

 “We are down here to find out exactly what their immediate needs are and make sure they get the supplies they need,” said Steve Robinson, AKC Director of Investigations and Inspections. “As we visit each shelter we continue to provide much-needed supplies like crates, bowls, collars, leashes and other equipment for the dogs.”

 The teams visited shelters and staging areas housing hundreds of companion animals in Monroe, LA on Wednesday and Jackson, MS on Thursday and are in Baton Rouge and Gonzalez, LA today. Team members on the ground are making every effort to meet with relief workers face-to-face to determine where assistance is needed most.

 “AKC® and AKC/CAR have already sent thousands of supplies to the region and continue to send shipments as soon as requests come in,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis B. Sprung said. “No request is too small and we urge clubs and shelters to call us or contact us on our website with requests. Additionally, I’d like to thank all the members of AKC clubs who have volunteered their time and donated their money to the relief effort.”

 The AKC immediately set-up a donations exchange database on its website at www.akc.org where people can list resources, equipment, and transportation offers to those canine victims and their owners.

 Clubs and shelters in need of assistance can check the AKC website home page, contact us at seekhelp@akc.org or 1-800-252-7894.

 Contributions made to the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund are used to immediately purchase needed equipment and supplies and deliver them directly to contact centers. 100 percent of your donation goes to helping dogs in need. If you wish to make a fully tax-deductible donation, you may send it to the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund at the address below or visit the AKC website at www.akc.org

 AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund
Attn: Ms. Kim Luong
c/o American Kennel Club
260 Madison Avenue – 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016-2401

AKC/CAR is a permanent charitable fund which provides resources, support and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations providing care for domestic animals orphaned or displaced as a result of natural or civil disasters.