“PetSmart is proud to provide a $14,000 gift to PetAid Colorado,” said Michelle Wildman, PetSmart District Manager. “Our hope is that this donation will help ensure the needs of the community are met in times of disaster.”
The gift helps PetAid Disaster Services develop disaster preparedness plans in conjunction with state, regional, and local emergency management personnel and train local responders to handle animal related issues.
In addition to providing funds that help Colorado develop and implement disaster planning, funding supports PetAid Disaster Services and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (COVMRC) during deployment in disasters, such as the wildfires and floods that have devastated parts of the state.
PetSmart employees also learned firsthand about animal care needs in a disaster when they volunteered their time to help organize the region’s Animal Disaster Response trailers on Oct. 17 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Providing employees with volunteer work is a key component of the PetSmart gift system and is intended to educate staff about the non-profit organizations receiving funds, as well as teach them about different aspects of animal welfare.
PetAid Colorado has made great strides in helping Colorado become better prepared to deal with animal issues in disasters. During a disaster, training and preparation become especially vital as emergency response teams mobilize.