Pet alert rescue stickers offered through mayor’s office

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 11, 2019

 Pet rescue door/window stickers can be obtained through the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of Warren City Hall, located at 1 City Square, east of Van Dyke Avenue and north of 12 Mile Road. For more information, call (586) 574-4520.

Pet rescue door/window stickers can be obtained through the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of Warren City Hall, located at 1 City Square, east of Van Dyke Avenue and north of 12 Mile Road. For more information, call (586) 574-4520.

Photo provided by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts

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WARREN — Firefighters rushing into burning buildings will do what they can to save lives and property. While one team works to battle the fire, a second team searches for trapped or unconscious occupants.

If pets are to be saved in the process, it helps to know how many are inside.

In the wake of a December rescue operation in which more than a dozen dogs, cats and other animals were pulled from a burning building on Van Dyke Avenue, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said he will distribute free pet rescue window stickers meant to alert firefighters to the presence of pets.

“These stickers tell firefighters what kind of pet and the numbers of pets in the building,” Fouts said in a press release announcing the giveaway, which he said will be paid for at his own expense. “Then they can search and rescue.”

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters responding to burning buildings send one team to attack the fire, while a second team does a simultaneous search for victims.

“We call that a primary search,” McAdams said.

He said firefighters will remove pets during the search for people, but it helps to know how many are inside.

“They’re going to display this (sticker) prominently on the home, usually on the front or rear door, the primary access point. My only concern is they update it,” McAdams said. “If the number of pets changes over time, they need to keep that information accurate.”

McAdams said a total of 15 dogs, four cats, two turtles and a ferret were removed from the burning building on Van Dyke in December. Three of the dogs were adopted by responding firefighters.

“For three firefighters to adopt pets on the scene without approval of their spouses was amazing,” McAdams said. “That’s three that didn’t wind up in a shelter.”

Pet rescue door/window stickers can be obtained through the Warren Mayor’s Office on the second floor of Warren’s City Hall, located at 1 City Square, east of Van Dyke aAvenue and north of 12 Mile Road.

For more information, call (586) 574-4520.

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