Organization to help animals displaced by disasters

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new non-profit organization has been launched to help the Fairbanks North Star Borough take care of animals displaced by disasters.

A local chapter of the People for Emergency Preparedness Planning for Animals in Alaska will help animals affected by events such as wildfire and earthquakes.

The borough's animal control shelter is too small to lodge animals if a large scale disaster occurred. Previously in an emergency, the borough would have contacted the PEPPAA chapter in Anchorage.

''Now we won't have a delay. They'll be here,'' said borough Emergency Services Director Tim Biggane.

Using PEPPAA, the borough will set up a temporary animal shelter where pets belonging to people evacuating their homes can be housed.

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