Southern Maryland Chapter Responds To Pet Owners Needs For Safety

Southern Maryland, June 28, 2004-- Unfortunately, time and time again when disaster strikes and homes must be evacuated many people are hesitant to leave without their pets. Southern Maryland is certainly no stranger to the above scenario. So, when the American Red Cross recently asked, “Your pet is counting on you . . . what will you do when an emergency strikes?” the Tri-County Animal Shelter, Animal Control Services in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties and the Tri-County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee wanted to help the citizens of our community answer proactively. By joining as sponsors of the American Red Cross Pet First Aid Program, the listed agencies will help fund the costs of several dog and cat mannequins used in courses that will be taught in these three Southern Maryland counties. These courses will be based on the book “Pet First Aid,” which was developed through the combined efforts of the American Red Cross and The Humane Society of the United States. According to the Tri-County Animal Shelter Supervisor Joanna Snow, “this project matches our mission to assist the citizens and animals of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s Counties perfectly. The American Red Cross has worked very closely with the Humane Society of the United States in helping people and their pets prepare for emergencies. We certainly want to do our part, too.”

“Knowing what to do in case of an emergency has been and will continue to be in the forefront of the American Red Cross’s instruction portfolio,” said Debora Story Health and Safety Director of the Southern Maryland Chapter. “Many people have no idea what simple steps to take if their pet becomes ill and needs medical attention. We plan to change that here in Southern Maryland by offering these classes to the community,” Storey continued.

The first basic course will be held on Sat July 17, 9 am - 1 pm at the office in La Plata and again a two night course on July 21st and 29th 6:30 to 9:30 (must attend both classes). Cost is $38.00 which includes the text book. (Special price for families of 2 or more using the same textbook $31.00 each)

We will be providing a three day instructor course to qualify as a Pet First Aid instructor on Aug 1, 6:30-9:30 and Aug 4, 6:30-9:30 and Aug 7 9:00-4:00. You must attend all 3 instructor classes and the basic Pet First Aid class to get the instructor qualifications.

Contact the Chapter office at 1-888-276-2767 to reserve a seat in these classes. Enrolment is limited.

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