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Team from HSPPR sent to Georgia to bolster Hurricane Irma animal-shelter response

A Community Animal Response Team volunteer from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is seen inside the emergency animal shelter that was established in Atlanta, Georgia, after Hurricane Irma.
Courtesy of Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
Staff and volunteers from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) and Pueblo Animal Services are assisting with emergency sheltering needs in Georgia after Hurricane Irma.
       A team flew to Atlanta late last week to help the Atlanta Humane Society. The group consisted of Lauren McCoy, Community Animal Response Team coordinator at HSPPR; Jeremy Colborn, Animal Care supervisor at Pueblo Animal Services; and four Community Animal Response Team (CART) volunteers
       The Atlanta entity has opened an emergency shelter for more than 600 animals from Georgia and Florida that have become homeless because of the powerful hurricane.
       The CART team “is specially trained to handle disasters just like this,” an HSPPR press release states. It adds that the Humane Society entered into an agreement with the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County to take over CART in 2013, after the Waldo Canyon Fire and just before the Black Forest Fire.
       Also sending staff are the Denver Dumb Friends League and the Humane Society of Missouri. “Staff have been working 12-hour shifts each day to care for the animals and stay with them overnight,” the release adds.

From a press release
(Posted 9/18/17; Community: Humane Society)

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