BRISTOL, RI – The Bristol Animal Shelter has been designated a Rhode Island Emergency Pet Shelter by the Department of Environmental Management, the city’s Police Department said. This is the establishment it has authorized to accommodate pets in the event of a disaster.
Bristol is one of the state’s four emergency pet shelters and the first in East Bay. In the event of a severe weather event, pet owners will be able to leave their pets behind when they evacuate, knowing that they will be well cared for.
Shelters must meet certain requirements to become a certified emergency facility, including the installation of an emergency generator to serve as an alternate power source in the event of an outage. The generator was funded by a $ 62,000 grant to the Bristol Police Department by the state’s Emergency Management Agency. The installation costs were offset by John Lannon, owner of JML Construction. Lannon donated his time, equipment and materials to the foundation’s concert platform.
“Residents of Bristol and East Bay must be confident that the safety and needs of their pets can now be met, with the Bristol Animal Shelter being an alternative to emergency shelters in the event of a declared emergency,” said the department in a press release. declaration.