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Forum staff report, Published March 05 2010

FLOOD UPDATE: Emergency animal shelter for cats, dogs planned at Red River Valley Fairgrounds

FARGO - The Red River Regional Disaster Animal Response Team plans to operate an emergency animal shelter for area residents who are evacuated because of spring flooding.

The shelter will be mobilized at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, when either Fargo or Cass County issues a voluntary evacuation advisory. The advisory means residents should plan to evacuate, as an imminent flood threat is likely within 6-48 hours.

The fairgrounds are located at 1805 West Main Ave., in West Fargo.

The shelter will provide aid only to cats and dogs of Fargo, Moorhead, and Cass and Clay county residents who need to evacuate their homes.

Exotic animals and birds will be accepted by the Red River Zoo. The Cass County Extension office is making plans to assist large animals and live stock.

However, the animal response team urges residents to make arrangements with friends or family, so as to reduce stress for family pets.

The Red River Regional Disaster Animal Response Team which is comprised of city and county emergency managers, the F-M Humane Society, Adopt-A-Pet, the North Dakota State University Veterinary Technology Department, and the Red River Zoo.