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AKC Companion Animal Rescue awards $258,000 in grants to K-9 search and rescue teams nation wide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 8, 2012
Contact: AKC Communications
Phone: 212-696-8228
Email: communications@akc.org

— More Than 100 Grants in 40 States to Assist Volunteers —

Raleigh, NC – The AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) Canine
Support and Relief Fund recently awarded $258,000 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 when the unique talents of a
highly trained canine and his handler can often mean the difference
between life and death for a missing individual.

“Since 2002, AKC CAR has supported 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 volunteers
and rely on grants and other similar funding to function. We’re very
proud that the Fund leads the charge in providing grants to these
deserving organizations.”

Examples of K-9 SAR team grants include funding for:

Human Remains Detection seminars
Rattlesnake proofing
Cooling vests, safety vests & repelling harnesses . Radios, kennels,
crates, leashes & toys . Sonar system for water search and safety
training . K9 First Aid Kits . Rubble Pile, Agility, Obedience and
Control training to achieve FEMA standards

With more than 100 SAR groups in 40 states, AKC-affiliated kennel
clubs across America are holding local presentation ceremonies in
their communities where grant recipients are located.

For a full list of 2012 AKC CAR SAR Grant recipients, visit
http://www.akccar.org/givingback/

Created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to honor the work of
the search and rescue K-9s who bravely served, the AKC CAR Canine
Support and Relief Fund is a permanent charitable fund that has
donated more than $3 million to SAR teams and to organizations
supporting companion animal relief during natural disasters. For more
information, visit www.akccar.org.

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AKC Companion Animal Recovery
Microchips. Recovery. Giving Back.

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).

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