Red Paw sending sympathy to family who lost dog to fire

Pat Toddy
December 30, 2018 - 2:53 pm
The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is grieving for a Philadelphia family whose beloved dog was lost when a fire broke out in their rowhome overnight.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is grieving for a Philadelphia family whose beloved dog was lost when a fire broke out in their rowhome overnight.
 
"To be able to come out and say believe it or not, your pet's alive, that's our goal," said Red Paw Emergency Relief Team Chief Operating Officer Lori Albright. 

Red Paw volunteers responding to a row home fire in the 400 block of North 50th Street overnight were anxious to help, and that's typically what they do, but sadly, not this time.

"Their house was damaged, and then on top of that, they lost their pet," said Albright.

The nonprofit had to break that agonizing news to the family who was out when the fire erupted. Albright was emotional about the loss of the dog, a Pit bull Terrier mix.

"What we try to do is just give them closure and just be very respectful about their loss," she said. 

To give pets the best chance of surviving a fire or other disaster, Albright recommends the buddy system.

"Always making sure that your neighbors know that you have a pet and know your contact information if you go out," she said. 

Recently, Red Paw helped 15 fur babies who were either hurt or displaced because of home disasters.