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May 31, 2005

Committee Looks for Volunteers to Help Pet and Livestock Owners During a Disaster

FULTON -- The Animals in Disaster Planning Committee, a subcommittee of the Oswego County Local Human Needs Committee, is updating its records of people and facilities that are willing to assist pet and livestock owners during a disaster.

Formed in 2002, the Animals in Disaster Committee developed a database of individual volunteers, veterinarian clinics, and pet-related businesses that indicated they would be available to help pets and other animals during a disaster in Oswego County.

"This database was compiled to be used as a resource," explained Patrice Tyrrell, who co-chairs the committee along with Jeanne King. "We received more than 50 responses. We'd like to update the information that we compiled, and encourage anyone else who would like to assist us to fill out a survey.

"Our mission is to provide animal-related education, information and resources to Oswego County residents and disaster response personnel in the event of an emergency or natural disaster," Tyrrell continued. "We've begun developing a network of professional organizations and volunteers who can be called upon during a disaster."

Filling out a survey indicates a business or volunteer would be willing to be contacted during an emergency. It does not commit them to respond to a survey.

Copies of the survey are available by contacting Tyrrell at 591-9077 or Patrice@oswegocounty.com or King at 598-3108 or jking13@twcny.rr.com.

The committee meets four times a year in the County Emergency Management Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton. New members are always welcome. For information, call the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150.

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