A COUN­CIL

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - THE ROUND-UP -

in Tas­ma­nia is of­fer­ing shel­ters for four-legged fam­ily mem­bers when there is an emer­gency evac­u­a­tion.

In what is be­lieved to the be the first of its kind in the coun­try, the coun­cil has a por­ta­ble emer­gency shel­ter for small do­mes­tic an­i­mals.

The shel­ter has been made us­ing a 12m ship­ping con­tainer by Royal Wolf.

Peter Den­holm, Launce­s­ton City Coun­cil team leader for reg­u­la­tion and mu­nic­i­pal emer­gency man­age­ment deputy co-or­di­na­tor, said the coun­cil had iden­ti­fied the need for a por­ta­ble fa­cil­ity.

He said re­search had shown that in evac­u­a­tion sit­u­a­tion peo­ple were will­ing to put their own lives and those of emer­gency-ser­vice work­ers at risk, be­cause they did not want to leave their pets or had con­cerns about how they would be catered for.

“Pets are part of the fam­ily,” Mr Den­holm said.

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