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News Release

September 9, 2004

Contact: Betsy Ritchie
Moreno Valley Animal Services

Animal Shelter hosts charity arts and crafts auction

The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter is hosting a Charity Arts and crafts Auction the week of October 18th and ending on Saturday, October 23, 2004, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter, located at 14041 Elsworth Street.

The purpose of the auction is to raise funds to outfit an animal disaster trailer that was provided to Moreno Valley Animal Services through a national homeland security grant. The trailer is designed to provide temporary housing, food and first aid to animals in the event of disasters such as wildfires or earthquakes.

“Once the trailer is outfitted, we’ll be able to respond in all of Riverside County and provide emergency relief to agencies in other areas,” said Chief Animal Control Officer Betsy Ritchie of Moreno Valley Animal Services. “When not in use for disasters, the trailer will be used for offsite animal adoptions and vaccination clinics,” she said.

Moreno Valley Animal Services supplied animal food and housing as well as clothing to many fire victims who were temporarily housed at the Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino during last year’s Inland Empire wildfires. Since that time, Moreno Valley Animal Control Officers have attended training with the Riverside Emergency Animal Rescue System so that they would be ready to provide relief to animals and their owners during future emergencies.

Numerous notable items will be available at the auction including works of art by local artisans. Some of the items include woodcarvings, oil paintings, dog beds and other animal accoutrements.

Anyone interested in donating arts and craft items for the action may contact Moreno Valley Animal Services at 413.3790.

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