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AKC Companion Animal Recovery Awards $413,000 to K-9 Search and Rescue Teams

RALEIGH, N.C., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) Canine Support and Relief Fund recently awarded $413,000 in grants, the majority to K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. Since 2002, AKC CAR has proudly supported the crucial role these volunteers play during natural disasters and other emergencies. The unique talents of a highly trained canine and its handler often make the difference between life and death for a missing person, heroism we have witnessed this week during the ongoing Oklahoma tornado search and rescue efforts.

“AKC CAR continues its commitment of supporting the lifesaving work of hundreds of search and rescue groups,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Companion Animal Recovery CEO. “Many of these organizations are staffed by canine handlers volunteering their time and expertise to help our local communities. Team volunteers rely on grants and other similar funding for necessary supplies, certification training and travel to locations where they are needed. We thank these deserving organizations for their dedication and efforts, and are very proud that the Fund leads the charge in providing them with much needed funding.”

K-9 SAR team grants include funding for:
Portable radios and GPS equipment
Heat alert systems and temperature sensor monitors
Cooling vests, water safety vests & repelling harnesses
Training seminars and certifications
Emergency supplies for pet-related needs during a disaster
K9 first aid kits
Leashes, bowls, crates and more

With more than 140 SAR groups in 45 states, AKC-affiliated kennel clubs across America are holding local presentation ceremonies in their communities where grant recipients are located. These ceremonies will help thank our nation’s volunteer K-9 Search and Rescue teams while building awareness of the good works they do for us behind-the-scenes.

For a full list of 2013 AKC CAR SAR Grant recipients, visit http://www.akccar.org/givingback/

Created to honor the work of the search and rescue K-9s who bravely served in the aftermath of 9/11, the AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund has donated $4 million to SAR teams and to organizations supporting companion animal relief during natural and civil disasters. For more information, visit www.akccar.org.

AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR), an affiliate of the American Kennel Club® and a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States. Established in 1995 to help pet owners reunite with their lost animals via identification and 24/7 pet recovery specialists, the organization has enrolled over 4 million companion animals and recovered more than 400,000 lost pets. AKC CAR microchips are a popular choice of pet professionals throughout the country for permanent pet identification.

The AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund has donated more than $4 million since 2001 to K-9 search and rescue teams as well as disaster preparedness and relief causes that impact our nation’s pets. AKC CAR also provides free recovery service enrollment for all active service, military, and law enforcement K-9 dogs. For more information visit www.akccar.org or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/akccompanionanimalrecovery).

SOURCE AKC Companion Animal Recovery

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