Kennel Club to donate emergency shelter on wheels for local pets
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Chattanooga — The Chattanooga Kennel Club, in conjunction with the American Kennel Club, will present Homeland Security District 3 with the first emergency shelter on wheels designed to ensure that pets, too, have a place to go when emergency evacuations are necessary.

The presentation will take place April 5 during the third annual Severe Weather Awareness Day.

Pet Disaster Relief trailer supplies create a safe, temporary home-base for 75 pets immediately after a disaster is declared. The trailer houses and delivers essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and animal care items including crates and carriers, microchips and a scanner, as well as bowls, collars and leashes.

Federal law requires municipalities to prepare and care for residents and their pets in the event of disasters like tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. While new laws require that municipalities include pets in their disaster preparedness planning, most communities don’t have the funds readily available to create their own solutions.

The purchase of this area’s first-ever emergency trailer was made possible by donations from the Chattanooga Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club, and from generous contributions from caring individuals. The Chattanooga Kennel Club wants to ensure companion dogs — mixed breed or purebred — have a safe place to stay during a disaster.

Members of the Chattanooga Kennel Club will be presenting the Pet Disaster Relief trailer to Troy Spence at the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Team at the annual Severe Weather Awareness Day sponsored by Ace Hardware, McIntire and Associates, and Safeco Insurance.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Ace Hardware of Cleveland.