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Genesee County will receive a $29,000 state grant to provide emergency shelter, for pets.
But the issue is more than just a humanitarian gesture toward animals.
Genesee County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Yeager says that during a natural disaster victims often will not leave their homes, even when advised by authorities to do so, if they can not bring their pets with them.
This grant new would establish a portable shelter for domestic animals that would be located near a Red Cross shelter for people displaced by the disaster.

"Currently shelters do no accept domestic animals," Yeager said. "The homeoweners will still be ultimately responsible for their pets but we will provide a shelter where they can come an see their animals and have a good feeling that they are safe. I think it helps both the animals and their owners."

Yeager said the local plan is being developed in conjunction with emergency management officials in Wyoming and Orleans Counties.

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