Animal Control dedicates new Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to Lynchburg

The trailer is filled with supplies to help in case of any natural disaster (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg Animal Control is dedicating its new Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to the City of Lynchburg.

The trailer is filled with supplies to help in case of any natural disaster, plus the materials needed to help construct a temporary animal shelter at E.C. Glass High School in case of an emergency.

The idea started a few years ago, and the community raised more than $18,000 to purchase the trailer. Having a trailer like this is crucial to get animals where they need to go, and giving them the safety and supplies they need. AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared.

The trailers house and deliver essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators, cleaning supplies, maintenance items; animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner, as well as bowls, collars and leashes.

Chief Animal Warden, Todd Jones says people are less likely to come to shelters during a crisis if their pets aren't able to come too and this trailer will offer them peace of mind that their animals will be well taken care of.

Jones also notes that the trailer is not just for Lynchburg or natural disasters. "Animal hoarding, large cruelty cases, it's called a regional disaster trailer, we could be helping out Amherst, Bedford, Campbell County, if they had a large hoarding case that they needed immediate sheltering of the pets, the shelters couldn't take them all, we could deploy this trailer out and provide extra assistance for that," he said.

Jones said the idea first started from Stuart Mack, a Police Officer who actually passed away before all the funds were raised.

He says they are dedicating the trailer to him as well and are thankful to see his efforts come full circle.

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