Pet Shelter Team to help out in Waldo County

Posted Dec. 31, 2009, at 7:56 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Waldo County is being served by an established Pet Shelter Team, which will be activated in the event the American Red Cross opens its shelter at Troy Howard Middle School.

The shelter team is a program supported and managed by the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency. The Pet Shelter Team will be available to provide sheltering for dogs and cats of residents at the Red Cross facility. The shelter will be housed in a storage building behind the school.

The team will spring into action when there is an emergency situation in Waldo County and the Red Cross opens its shelter. The team will be available to tend to injured pets. Residents who would like to use the shelter may bring their dogs and cats there as well. The animals will be near their owners and will be well cared for.

Members of the Pet Shelter Team include Tammy Bodge-Terry, of Unity, Denyse Adams, of Frankfort, Ginny Bara, of Freedom, and David and LeeAnna Rowley, of Troy. Additional volunteers are available, as needed.

Team members have training in animal sheltering and animal first aid. All equipment needed to run the shelter has been purchased with the help of grants and a fundraising yard sale. The team’s equipment is stored in a trailer at the EMA office in Belfast. The team can have the shelter up and running within a few hours as the need arises.

The Pet Shelter will be staffed 24 hours a day for the duration of the emergency, and pet owners will be encouraged to visit and help take care of their animals.

For information or to become a volunteer with the Waldo County Pet Shelter Team, call 338-3870.

Forms providing a pet’s information in advance can be obtained from the county EMA office. Contact Dale Rowley, director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency, at 338-3870 or emadirector@waldocountyme.gov.

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