New way to keep pets and families together when disasters strike

A new disaster response trailer will help keep families, including pets, together when a tornado or flood strikes. This whole idea started after Hurricane Katrina, when people didn't want to leave their houses because they didn't want to leave their pets behind.

The Anoka County Kennel Club and other organizations spent a year raising money for this disaster trailer -- a first of its kind in Minnesota and the region. The trailer will belong to Anoka County, but its 65 crates and supplies can deploy to any disaster in the state, keeping pets and people together.

There are only about 20 of these trailers nationwide. One helped keep pets safe during the recent flooding in Houston, and it already could have made a difference in floods and other disasters in Minnesota.

A part of every entry fee at past Summer Solstice cluster dog shows helped pay for the pet disaster relief trailer.

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