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Kennel clubs provide emergency animal trailer

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    From left to right: Tonia Holibaugh, president of the Austin Kennel Club; Ashley Hermans, director of Bastrop County Animal Services; Precinct 4 Commissioner Donna Snowden; Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape; and Maura Phelan from the Travis County Kennel Club. Photos by Julianne Hodges
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A new fully-stocked trailer for Bastrop County Animal Services (BCAS) is now ready to provide a safe place for pets in the event of a disaster.

BCAS received the trailer from the American Kennel Club (AKC) Pet Disaster Relief through the local Austin and Travis County kennel clubs.

“We at Bastrop County are delighted to receive this generous donation from the Austin Kennel Club and the Travis County Kennel Club,” said Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape. “It will be a valuable asset in our response to disasters and emergency operations.”

The trailer, which can be taken to a location to respond to a disaster and temporarily house at least 50 displaced animals, is stocked with essential supplies, including crates and cat carriers, animal care items, cleaning supplies, maintenance equipment and more. The trailer also contains lighting and is wired for electricity. According to AKC Reunite’s website, the disaster response trailers have been deployed in cities and counties all across the country over the past several years, responding to floods, fires and more.

“This generous donation from the Austin Kennel Club and Travis County Kennel Club is greatly appreciated. Now during floods, fires, hurricanes or whatever disaster might come our way, we have the equipment we need to execute any plan for providing our pets or strays with shelter and care,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Donna Snowden. “This is another step with which Bastrop County Animal Shelter is able to improve its services to the public.”