Mobile shelter will house pets after disasters

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Boone County has become the first in Missouri to have a special trailer to house pets displaced by disasters.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1mNFNq6 ) the American Kennel Club Pet Disaster Relief trailer was delivered recently to Boone County’s Office of Emergency Management. The club’s lost pet recovery service and the Columbia-based Orthopedic Foundation for Animals provided $22,000 for the vehicle.

The trailer can accommodate around 65 animals, depending on their size, and contains crates, collars, a generator and other supplies.

Officials said the trailer will serve as an emergency shelter where people can find lost pets after a disaster.

A faculty member from the University of Missouri’s veterinary college noted that it’s easy for people and pets to become separated in the chaos of floods, tornadoes and otherdisasters.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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