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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Tuesday presented a $5,000 grant to Region 44 Emergency Management to fund the purchase of four pet sheltering kits.

KAYLA WOLF, Journal Star

FULLERTON -- Region 44 Emergency Management announced Tuesday that it was awarded a $5,000 grant from the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to fund the purchase of four pet sheltering kits.

The kits include pet crates, pet first aid kits, muzzles, control leads, ID bracelets, digital cameras, disposable dishes for food and water, and handling gloves. The kits will be used to shelter pets and service animals following disaster situations.

Region 44 Emergency Management is a county department for the emergency management function in Boone, Nance and Merrick Counties. The department coordinates shelter planning and operations with American Red Cross to set up shelters following a disaster in the counties.

“Disaster preparedness is critical to keeping animals safe and to keeping pets and people together,” said Dick Green, Senior Director of ASPCA Disaster Response through a released statment. “We are grateful to the Region 44 Emergency Management team for their commitment and dedication to caring for pets in emergency situations, and happy to be able to support their work and the purchase of these pet sheltering kit.”

Leaving pets out of evacuation plans puts pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger. Pets left behind during a disaster are likely to be injured, lost, or killed, even if pet owners attempt to create a safe space within the home. Emergency Management is working to accommodate pets into evacuation and sheltering plans, giving pet owners piece of mind that their pets will remain safe during an evacuation.

“This program will go a long way in helping us with our disaster sheltering response capability,” said Tom Smith, Region 44 Emergency Manager through a released statement “We are grateful to the ASPCA for providing this much-needed support.”

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, people are encouraged to visit www.ASPCA.org, and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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