Kent County has a new trailer to serve as a temporary shelter for pets whose owners are forced to evacuate their homes after a hurricane, flood or other disasters. The trailer can provide shelter for as many as 65 cats, dogs, rabbits or other small pets.
The trailer, sponsored by several organizations including the Maryland Kennel Club, was on display following the Kent County Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. It includes cages, food, bedding and other supplies to keep pets safe, warm and well fed during an emergency displacement of their familes.
Wayne Darrell, director of emergency services, said all counties on the Upper Shore now have pet trailers. In the event of a hurricane or other emergency, the trailer will be located at Kent County High School in Worton near the community center, which is the designated shelter for residents who need to evacuate.
The trailer cannot accommodate larger animals, such as farm livestock, Gregg said. Residents who need to provide for those animals in an emergency should have their own plans in place, she said. She said the OES can work with farmers and others with large animals to prepare them for emergencies.
The total cost of the trailer was $22,000, jointly funded by the Maryland Kennel Club, the Annapolis Kennel Club, the Mispillion Kennel Club, the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club, the Kent County Commissioners, Daniel Gueriero and Michelle Leone, Fred and Duffy Askins, the Cairn Terrier Club of America, AKC Reunite and residents of Kent County.
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