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Emergency pet network training available for volunteers

Posted: June 5, 2012 1:00 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Santa Clarita city officials are putting together a network of pet-lovers who can help pet-owners forced to evacuate due to emergencies.

Training is set for July 14 with the goal of creating such a network.

"Over half of Santa Clarita's entire population owns at least one household pet," said Mayor Frank Ferry. "As part of the city's Community Emergency Response Training program, residents will have the unique opportunity to form a local volunteer group for providing emergency care and shelter for our pets during crises situations."

Wildfires are the most common such crises in the Santa Clarita Valley. Pet boarding businesses quickly fill up with dogs, cats and other pets when neighborhoods are evacuated; emergency shelters such as those set up by the American Red Cross don't take animals.

Participants in the training will learn how to care for household pets including, dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and other small animals, city organizers said.

Training is scheduled at the Santa Clarita Activities Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.

For more information, contact Human Services Supervisor Donna Nuzzi at 661-255-3721 or visit



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