CHESTERTOWN — Kent County now has a Pet Disaster Relief Trailer, designed to provide a temporary shelter for pets whose owners are forced to evacuate their homes after a hurricane, flood or other disaster.
The trailer, sponsored by several organizations including the Maryland Kennel Club, was on display following the Kent County Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. It includes cages, food, bedding and other supplies to keep pets safe, warm and well fed during an emergency displacement of their familes.
Ginger Gregg of the county Office of Emergency Services said the trailer can provide shelter for as many as 65 cats, dogs, rabbits or other small pets. She said the OES conducted a drill to test its readiness for a hurricane, and several pets were brought to the trailer, including a snake.
Wayne Darrell, director of emergency services, said all counties on the Upper Shore now have pet trailers. In the event of a hurricane or other emergency, the trailer will be located at Kent County High School in Worton near the community center, which is the designated shelter for residents who need to evacuate.