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Wichita, Kansas – After fire ravaged the Ashley Lane Apartments, many are out of their homes. Many are also showing up to help.
The Red Cross is in action. But help is also coming from SCART, the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team.
“We started this after the Greensburg tornado,” says Dr. Christen Skaer, President of SCART. “For this emergency… we got called before Red Cross even set up their shelter. We are partners with them and I think they respect that we can help them and people feel more comfortable going into shelters knowing that their animals are in a safe place. ”
SCART is all volunteer. And they take in pets, find them homes for a time and it’s all donations.
“We get all kinds of pets and there is really a need,” says Matt Kuestersteffen, a SCART volunteer. “They just want to know that their pets are going to be safe, because they may have lost everything else. They may have lost all they have and this is all they’ve got.”
Kuestersteffen says they took in four animals for the Asley Lane fire.
“This is just what we do,” says Kuestersteffen. “We are thrilled no people were lost. But consider this… consider some of these people have no place for their pet to go. Their best friend in some cases.”
The work from SCART allows those forced out of their homes to go to a temporary shelter, many times a hotel, and know their pets will be waiting for them.
“I’m kind of torn up over this for these people today,” says Skaer. “People lost everything but if they have their animals it makes my job well worth it. ”
SCART is all volunteer. The organization runs on donations and grant writing.
Want to help them help others? Here’s a link: http://sedgwickcoart.org/