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File #: 140369    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/24/2014 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/24/2014
Title: Honoring and recognizing Jennifer Leary, on behalf of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team for her work with community residents with their pet needs after residents have experienced life altering situations.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Blackwell
Attachments: 1. Signature14036900.pdf
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Honoring and recognizing Jennifer Leary, on behalf of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team for her work with community residents with their pet needs after residents have experienced life altering situations.

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WHEREAS, In 2005 Jennifer began to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a ?re ?ghter and simultaneously began working with the American Red Cross (ARC), SEPA Chapter as an Emergency Services volunteer, responding to local and national disasters, training new volunteers, assisting clients and serving on the Emergency Services Leadership Committee; and

WHEREAS, After graduating from the Philadelphia Fire Academy in 2007 and building upon the experience she gained at ARC, Jennifer joined the Philadelphia County Animal Response Team (PCART). PCART is a division of The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team and responds to large-scale disasters in Philadelphia County that affect animals; and

WHEREAS, In 2010, Jennifer was promoted to PCART Coordinator and was responsible for organizing volunteer trainings with the American Humane Association and Red Star Animal Emergency Services National Responders. In 2011, members of the team were deployed to Joplin, MO to assist in animal shelters after a devastating tornado. During Hurricane Irene, she oversaw PCART's deployment. PCART members were instrumental in operating three animal shelters throughout Philadelphia during Irene and again, during Hurricane Sandy; and

WHEREAS, Jennifer's educational, professional and volunteer experience culminated in the conception of an organization that responds to both animals and families in need after an emergency. In February 2011 she brought her proposal for Red Paw to the American Red Cross to work in conjunction with their responders when pets involved; and

WHEREAS, On July 25, 2011, Jennifer founded the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. Red Paw's mission is to assist displaced pets and their people 24/7, free of charge and to ensure that ALL family memb...

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