Berks animal response team assisting with mass power outages in Chester County

Team establishes emergency shelters for people and their pets

Berks animal response team assisting with mass power outages

The Berks County Animal Response Team has been activated to help pets impacted by the massive power outages in neighboring Chester County.

The Berks team, coordinated by the Humane Society of Berks County, is assisting the Chester County Animal Response Team by setting up emergency shelters for people and their pets.

"We know that some people will not leave pets behind if emergency shelters cannot be provided for pets, too," said Damon March, the Humane Society's COO and coordinator of the Berks CART. "Providing safe shelter for pets helps people get to safety and helps first responders and humane aid agencies help people in need."

As of Friday afternoon, more than 94,000 of PECO's 208,500 customers in Chester County were still without electricity, the most of any county in the utility's coverage area.

The Berks team's volunteers have been stationed at Ehninger Gymnasium, 700 South Church St., in West Chester.

"The Humane Society was glad to be able to bring Berks CART into action to help in this emergency situation," said Karel Minor, the Humane Society's executive director. "We greatly appreciate all of the Berks and Lancaster CART volunteers who are helping with the treatment and care of the animals."

Monetary donations to support the Berks CART can be made to the Humane Society of Berks County or through the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team website.

Item donations, such as food and litter, can be dropped off at any of the four Humane Society locations or at the Humane League of Lancaster County.

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