Grafton Pet Shelter To Be Placed Away From Veterans Hall

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All branches of military services, as well as a list of Grafton residents who have served in war, are in the Veterans' Memorial Hall.
All branches of military services, as well as a list of Grafton residents who have served in war, are in the Veterans' Memorial Hall. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi (file photo)

GRAFTON, Mass. — A pet shelter, if a snow emergency is called, will be set up near the Grafton Municipal Center gym, but not in the Veterans Memorial Hall after local veterans panned the idea. 

Kevin Mizikar, assistant town administrator, made the announcement during an Emergency Management conference call Thursday afternoon. 

An exact location was not specified in the conference call but Mizikar promised it would near where the pet's owners will stay.

As of Thursday evening, the shelter (for man or beast) is not open but if it will be, a bulletin will be sent out on the Code Red phone system and through media outlets.

The Board of Selectman last month tentatively approved an emergency pet shelter in the hallway at the request of the Grafton Emergency Management Agency, which maintains an emergency shelter in the Municipal Center gym for residents during emergencies. But Richard Perron, Grafton veterans agent, reported that several veterans opposed the plan, Selectman Chairman David Ross said.

The Veterans Memorial Hall lists the names of every Grafton resident who has served the country in wartime.

"My name is on that wall," Selectman Peter Adams said. "At least some people might see our names if it's used as a pet shelter, but I can see some veterans might object."

The town will eventually move the shelter to the new Grafton High School, Assistant Town Administrator Kevin Mizikar said. The space is not available now because of storage issues.

Mizikar said he expected space may be available for a pet shelter at the high school once the emergency shelter is moved there.

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While I appreciate the sacrifice and service our veterans made on behalf of our country and it's grateful citizens, this seems pretty petty. It is an emergency, not a permenant situation.