Take the next step and become a professional Animal Disaster Responder!
An Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Class, sponsored by the Florida State Animal Response Coalition, will be held at the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte on March 24. This class is the foundation course required to assist with caring for sheltered animals during a disaster.
The March 24 class, usually a $50 class, is FREE. If you’re interested, you need to sign up soon, as the class is expected to fill up quickly.
Participation in the program does not obligate you to volunteer if a disaster occurs. There are many reasons a responder may not be available, such as family or work obligations at the time of the request. For this reason it is important that the coalition continue to increase their trained volunteer membership in order to meet the demands during a true emergency.
You do not have to commit any set amount of time, travel, or money to carry out these duties. It is all volunteer. The only organizational expense you will have is the purchase of the group T-Shirt ($15). It’s like wearing a uniform at the “disaster” scene.
PRDF Member Marty Allen was instrumental in getting this class brought to the AWL and made available to us free of charge.
We DO NOT do Animal Rescue. We strictly do Animal SHELTERING. That means keeping the dogs and cats and whatever animal, in crates or pens. Therefore, we will be tasked to clean cages, sometimes walk, and feed and water them and what ever they may require. Doesn’t sound very glamorous, but I’ll tell you what, those animals sure appreciate it! If you are capable or desire to do ANIMAL RESCUE, then we can guide you in that direction.
Animal sheltering in any disaster, whether it be natural or man-made, is vital to any community. It gives the residents peace of mind knowing that their animals will be cared for and any animal brought in that are found running around will get the care they need to survive and, hopefully, re-united or adopted. Including medical help if necessary.
I just wanted to mention these items so some of you don’t think we go running through a neighborhood collecting all the animals we find. I’m really too old for that stuff! Sheltering is a very rewarding experience because you see these animals come in looking so down and within a day or so those tails start wagging and you see those smiles again. There really is nothing like it and you really meet some great people from all over.
Every now and then, it’s nice to share a shoulder and a tear knowing you are doing something very worthwhile. It really takes a special person and I know from the time I’ve been with PRDF, we have a bunch of special people that would be needed to do this. ALL of you in fact. Look at the vast amount of experience in animal handling and body language we have. Exactly the kind of people we are looking for. Hey the class is free, this time, so if you really want to get involved, take the class. We have NOBODY in this area. That’s why we’re doing this class.
Course topics include Personal Preparedness, Overview of the Incident Command System, Deployment Preparedness, Assisting in Shelter Set Up, Daily Care and Feeding, Proper Cage Cleaning and Disinfection, Animal Behavior, Stress Management, Zoonotic Disease, Personal Safety, and more.
The class will be held from 8am to 6pm on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance Street, Port Charlotte.
If you have any question, please free to contact Marty at firstname.lastname@example.org.