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Animal Rescue Team Taiwan initiates stricken pet program

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Animal Rescue Team Taiwan (ARTT, 台灣動物緊急救援小組) on Sunday announced its initiative to provide care to pets and animals left to their own devices in the wake of the Kaohsiung gas explosions.

The ARTT stated that they stand ready to provide care to pets and stray animals residing in the blast-afflicted zone while rescue workers and technicians focus on human casualties and investigating the source of the disaster.

The animal rescue platform is designed to provide a registry for individuals and households willing to shelter animals rescued from the blast site. Most notably, the ARTT stated that teams of veterinarians and local animal clinics are being organized to provide rapid care.

The ARTT reminded the public that, following traumatic events, pets often exhibit symptoms including shaking, frightfulness, breathlessness, a change in eating habits and other anomalous behavior. Pet caretakers are advised to give extra attention to affected animals and assist them in overcoming their traumatic experience.

The ARTT urged the public to submit reports via media platforms so that afflicted animals may be collected and cared for by the organization. The ARTT had conducted a similar initiative five year's ago following the devastation left by Typhoon Morakot.

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