What is the difference between a regular shelter and a co-shelter?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Animal welfare expert Lesa Miller describes what a co-shelter is, a place where you and your pets can stay in the event of an emergency.

    Host: What is the difference between a regular shelter and a co-shelter?

    Lesa Miller: A regular shelter is for example what the Red Cross the American Red Cross set up, when there was an evacuation and people need a place to be housed during a disaster until they can get back home, if they can get back home.

    A co-shelter is sort of a new term, that has been coined for people who are going to be evacuating with their pets and they need to stay with that animal or those animals. The people in co-shelters may or may not be housed directly with their animals. Sometimes it just depends on the site and what the arrangements have been made for; the school or whatever venue it might be. So if they are not sheltering directly with their animal and care taking for the animal during this disaster, then they maybe in an adjacent area at the other end of the school building for example when the animals are at one end and the people on another end. So it just depends on the arrangements made by the authorities.

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