Londonderry emergency shelter will now be open to pets
During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Roy and Acting Fire Chief Darren O’Brien shared plans to extend the town’s emergency shelter services to local pets starting this winter.
“We’ve been talking about safety, about addressing the allergens that come with housing animals,” she told the council. “But as long as we can find a company that can handle the cleaning and disinfecting aspects after the shelter closes, this shouldn’t be an issue.”
The high school gymnasium would work well to house animals during an emergency, Roy said, since the building has a separate entrance for the downstairs locker rooms — the area where pets will be housed. The shelter’s human occupants would continue to eat and sleep upstairs inside the gymnasium and foyer area, separate from the animals.
“We’re also trying to arrange for an isolation area for the pets that are sick, injured or don’t have proof of vaccinations,” Roy said. “Either way, the pet owners would be the ones responsible for feeding their pets, walking them and giving them medications.”
“This issue comes up again and again,” Green said. “It’s time we address it as this is something the community really needs and wants.”firstname.lastname@example.org
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