REDMOND, OR -- The Pet Evacuation Team (PET) has received a $750 donation from the Deschutes County Commissioner's Discretionary Grant Program to purchase a secondary trailer. PET's Regional Coordinator Jamie Kanski says the new unit will help get assistance to emergency incidents more quickly, "Deschutes County Assisted us with a grant to buy our big equipment trailer that is housed in Redmond, but it's not always conducive when we have something happening all the way down in La Pine. It takes a little while to bring the equipment down there. We thought it would make more sense if we got a small cargo trailer and outfit it with the necessary setup supplies and keep that down there."
The organization also received $250 from the La Pine chapter of the Band of Brothers to help purchase the trailer. But, Kanski tells KBND News more help is needed before the unit can be put into service, "We would appreciate some additional donations, financially if possible. to help us go ahead and get the logo, and of course, we're going to need to buy a few supplies to outfit that trailer. Or, if people have the large crates, those are fantastic for us to have during wildfires because we take care of people's animals until they can return home."
PET boasts 124 volunteers across Central Oregon.