American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust Donation

We are proud to announce The American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust is donating $10,000 to AKC Reunite [a non-profit 501(c)3 organization] for Pet Disaster Relief following Hurricane Harvey.

This was approved by vote of the Charitable Trust Directors & the ASTC Board of Directors.

A.S.T.C.Charitable Trust Directors:
Dan Haley, Carlene Snyder, Patricia Thomas, Sally Vilas

Thanks to all who have made this possible by previous donations!

For More Information - CLICK HERE

December 12, 2017 Update

Dog lovers and AKC Clubs have demonstrated an AMAZING outpouring of support since Labor Day in response to the critical need to assist pets during times of a disaster, donating $582,981.87 since Hurricane Harvey! THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Since Labor Day, AKC Reunite provided over $310,000 in direct aid in response to the following disasters, plus many AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers were also deployed to assist people and their pets:

Hurricane Harvey- Houston, Port Arthur, Gulf Coast of Texas: August 25 - September 3, 2017
  • Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center from the Dallas area, was deployed to Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and then moved on to assist more displaced animals in the Port Arthur, TX flooding aftermath.

  • The City of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control deployed to the Fort Worth Wilkerson Facility Emergency Shelter to help the Hurricane Harvey evacuees care for their pets.

  • Wilson County Animal Response Team traveled (from Tennessee!) to Rockport, TX with their AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer through a direct request by the Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • Hurricane Irma- Florida and Puerto Rico: September 6 - September 12, 2017
  • The Polk County Sheriff’s Office trailer contents were used at two public shelters that were pet-friendly. 619 animals were helped between the two shelters.

  • Hurricane Maria - Puerto Rico: September 20, 2017 – no trailers, but donations to veterinarians helping on the island.

  • California Wildfires - Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino, Redwood Valley, Santa Cruz: October 8 - 30, 2017

  • The SoCal Animal Response Team deployed to assist both dogs and cats during this evacuation.

  • Thomas Fire - Ventura County, California: December 5- ?, 2017
  • Ventura County Animal Services deployed their two trailers to the Ventura County Fairgrounds to assist in the California wildfire evacuations offering shelter to 120 displaced pets.

  • Lilac Fire - San Diego County, California: December 7 - 10, 2017
  • Deployed at Palomar College evacuation shelter accepting people and pets. San Diego Humane Society did not have adequate pet supplies for the number of people seeking shelter.

  • Since the AKC Pet Disaster Relief launch four years ago:

  • 64 trailers donations

  • 7 additional trailers soon to be donated

  • 21 deployments responding to Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Wildfires, Flooding, Apartment Fire

  • You can see the national distribution of trailer donations at There is also a link summarizing each deployment. What a program! Tammy Miller, Tri City Animal Shelter Manager sums up the good that AKC Pet Disaster Relief offers: “I cannot express how grateful we were to have these resources that we could share with those in such desperate need! You truly are a lifesaver!”

    Thanks to you and all your Clubs …You made this happen – Happy New Year to all

    Pat Laurans AKC Reunite Trailer Program,chair


    E-mail from Reunite's Pet Disaster Relief Fund dated September 5, 2017

    From: Gina DiNardo
    Subject: Update to Delegates

    AKC Reunite would like to offer its sincere thanks to Barbara and Bob Amen and Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America Charitable Trust for each of their $10,000 matching fund challenges to help support Hurricane Harvey Pet Disaster Relief efforts. Both challenges have been met! Paying it forward, the American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust is proud to announce another $10,000 matching challenge to encourage the continued flow of donations. The American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust will match all donations received by AKC Reunite's Pet Disaster Relief Fund dollar for dollar for a total donation of $10,000 to support efforts for the families and pets affected by Harvey.

    Through Monday, September 5, 2017, $150,000 in donations have been received. As previously mentioned, all donations received by AKC Reunite for Hurricane Harvey go entirely for relief and recovery efforts, without any fees whatsoever.

    We will soon provide more detail about the list of donors.

    Gina M. DiNardo
    Executive Secretary
    American Kennel Club, Inc.
    260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016