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Displaced pets get helping 'paw' from Philadelphia group

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  • Red Paw founder Jen Leary poses March 28 at their adoption facility in Philadelphia, with kittens displaced due to fires. The emergency relief service Red Paw has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, floods or other residential disasters, with the goal of eventually reuniting them with their owners.

      Red Paw founder Jen Leary poses March 28 at their adoption facility in Philadelphia, with kittens displaced due to fires. The emergency relief service Red Paw has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, floods or other residential disasters, with the goal of eventually reuniting them with their owners.
    Associated Press

  • A cat and kittens who were displaced due to fires are seen Thursday, March 28, at Red Paw's adoption facility in Philadelphia. The emergency relief service Red Paw has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, floods or other residential disasters.

      A cat and kittens who were displaced due to fires are seen Thursday, March 28, at Red Paw's adoption facility in Philadelphia. The emergency relief service Red Paw has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, floods or other residential disasters.
    Associated Press

  • Red Paw founder Jen Leary cuddles kittens March 28 at their adoption facility in Philadelphia. The emergency relief service Red Paw has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, floods or other residential disasters, with the goal of eventually reuniting them with their owners.

      Red Paw founder Jen Leary cuddles kittens March 28 at their adoption facility in Philadelphia. The emergency relief service Red Paw has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, floods or other residential disasters, with the goal of eventually reuniting them with their owners.
    Associated Press

 

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PHILADELPHIA -- When a house fire breaks out in the Philadelphia area, the Red Cross springs into action to offer the family a helping hand and a place to stay.

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But what about the victims' pets? That's where Red Paw comes in.

The emergency relief service has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, flood or other residential disaster. The goal is to eventually reunite them with their owners.

Red Paw uses a network of volunteers, foster homes and other animal welfare groups to care for pets whose owners are struggling to rebuild their lives.

Red Paw founder Jen Leary says the all-volunteer agency responded to 164 disasters last year. The organization helped nearly 300 animals, including dogs, cats, birds, turtles, ferrets and a snake.

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