Katrina animal rescuers will help strengthen animal disaster preparedness capabilities in Capital region
Sacramento, CA (February 28, 2006) – Individuals who participated in the Hurricane Katrina animal relief effort will be in
United Animal Nations (UAN) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), through their Community Animal Disaster Preparedness Partnership, will provide the following resources during the first week of March:
- Community forum. Members of the public will meet Hurricane Katrina animal rescuers, learn about
’s high risk for disasters, and get information on creating family disaster plans that include animals. Sacramento
Monday, March 6, at the
, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Community Learning Center , 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. [Download PDF flier]
1914 Alhambra Blvd.
- Community disaster planning meeting. UAN staff experienced in animal disaster relief and emergency management will meet with local emergency and animal care officials to review and update the animal disaster response plan for the
- Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) volunteer training. Nearly 150 animal lovers will train to join UAN’s 2,400-member strong EARS volunteer corps, which shelters and cares for animals displaced by disasters nationwide. EARS has responded to 65 disasters since 1988, including three floods and two fires in the
- Animal first aid and handling classes. Local EARS volunteers will utilize animal mannequins and an electronic canine CPR simulator to learn how to care for ill and injured animals during a potential disaster.
“Hurricane Katrina underscored the importance of accounting for animal needs during major disasters,” said UAN president and CEO Jennifer Fearing. “We are looking forward to spending this week in
About UAN. Now celebrating its 20th year, United Animal Nations (UAN) is North America’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals. Visit. www.uan.org for more information.
About the ASPCA. Founded in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane organization established in the Western Hemisphere and today has one million supporters. The ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides national leadership in humane education, government affairs and public policy, shelter support, and animal poison control. The NYC headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, animal behavior center, and adoption facility. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York’s animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series Animal Precinct on Animal Planet. Visit www.aspca.org for more information.