Disaster relief nonprofit for pets seeks funds

John McDevitt
April 27, 2018 - 4:14 pm
Red Paw Emergency Relief Team dispatches to fires in five neighboring counties and stands by to assist displaced pets.

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For pets left behind during disaster situations, Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is there to step in and help.

The nonprofit dispatches to fires in five neighboring counties and stands by to assist displaced pets, whether in the form of medical care or temporary boarding.

And in just the past year, Red Paw has responded to hundreds of calls. 

Emergency responders have been busier than ever recently, according to Jennifer Leary, who founded the organization in 2011.  

"We really need another response vehicle," she said. "We also need more responders on call. So right now we have one responder per sift. So if there are two fires going on at the same time, there is a chance we won't be able to get there."

Fortunately, Red Paw is one of four organizations nominated by NRG Gives, a charitable-giving program. People can vote online for the charity of their choice to win $100,000, beginning April 30 through May 7.

The second-place organization will get $20,000, and third place will receive $10,000.

"It could be a life changing amount of money for the organization," said Leary, "but also for the people and pets that we help throughout the region."