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Local woman starts Saving Animals During Disaster organization

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WILMINGTON -- In the event of a disaster pets are often left to fend for themselves. One local woman decided to make a difference. After hurricane Katrina, Jeannie Mintz decided no animal should be left behind. Countless volunteer hours later Saving Animals During Disaster is ready for action. Mintz witnessed first-hand the devastation Hurricane Katrina caused animals left behind. So she decided to do something about it. "Actually, I thought of the trailer after Hurricane Katrina. One of the problems we had was finding a way to bring the animals out since it was so hot. You had to have an air-conditioned trailer or truck to bring them out," Mintz said. Mintz founded the non-profit SADD. SADD volunteers go into disaster sites to bring animals the help they need. "The purpose of the trailer is mainly to bring animals out, that's why we have gone to such great extent to get it air conditioned and a generator in it," Mintz said. Any animal is eligible for aid, and no matter where the disaster is Mintz says she and her crew of volunteers will be on their way. "Dogs, cats, rabbits, anything we can get in there. If we have a disaster in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, whatever, if they need us we will have it on the way," Mintz said. So far, the response has been overwhelming. "I've had fantastic response. Several businesses have called to have the trailer come sit in front of their office to raise awareness for animal relief." Even when things are calm the trailer will be put to good use. "We've made an offer to all other non-profit groups to help them move any of their animals and if we can help them in any way, we will," Mintz said.

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