Partnership will strengthen animal disaster preparedness capabilities in 15 communities nationwide
Sacramento, CA (March 1, 2006) – United Animal Nations (UAN) today announced an exciting new partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that aims to better prepare communities and their residents to care for animals when disaster strikes.
Through their Community Animal Disaster Preparedness Partnership, UAN and the ASPCA will train volunteers to join UAN’s Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), educate communities about animal disaster preparedness, assist animal shelters and their communities with their disaster planning efforts, and coordinate related community service events.
In 2006, UAN and the ASPCA will visit the following 15 communities, providing training, education and planning events:
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Chicago, Illinois
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
- Eureka, California
- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Orange County, California
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Sacramento, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Tampa, Florida
- Washington, D.C.
- Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Julie Morris, senior vice president of ASPCA National Outreach, said the partnership will give communities the tools to protect animals when disaster next strikes. “After working closely with UAN staff and EARS-trained volunteers during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, we were tremendously impressed by the skills and professionalism they employed,” Morris said.
“UAN and the ASPCA are a great match. The ASPCA has incredible animal sheltering expertise, contacts with officials nationwide, and they share UAN’s commitment to animal disaster preparedness and response,” said UAN president and CEO Jennifer Fearing. “We are excited about working together to bring training and resources to so many communities this year.”
To register for any of the EARS training workshops click here.
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.