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Pet Evacuation Team holds training for disaster aid

By Joe Burns
Published On: Feb 02 2013 09:35:44 PM CST

The Pet Evacuation Team holds a training session for new volunteers.

REDMOND, Ore. -

When disasters strike, sometimes it may be hard to remember your animals, or to be able to evacuate them safely.That's the job of one team here in Central Oregon.

The Pet Evacuation Team held a training session in Redmond Saturday for new volunteers, as well as a refresher for current participants.

The team is a non-profit and all-volunteer organization.

Since 2001, members have rescued hundreds of animals from abuse and neglect cases, as well as in the face of wildfires and floods.

Several volunteers also helped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"It's rewarding, because you can rescue those pets for folks who have been evacuated and maybe weren't home at the time," said Jamie Kanski, regional coordinator for the team.

"We can go in and help remove animals post-evacuation, get them into a safe place and take one more worry off of folks, when they already have a lot to deal with," she said.

All it takes to become a volunteer is three training sessions like the one held Saturday.

The team rescues everything besides wildlife-- from horses, dogs and cats. Volunteers have even rescued two camels.

Learn more here: http://www.petevacuationteam.com/

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