Disaster response team for animals

The Central California Animal Disaster Team is actively recruiting volunteers in the Mountain Area for disaster response for animals. A core training workshop, “Introduction to the CCADT” will be held 6-8 p.m., May 27, in the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors Conference Room, 40298 Junction Drive, behind Sears.

“During the 2014 fire season, this disaster team provided shelter for animals impacted by the evacuations,” Karen White said.

“Colette Goga and I thought it was important that we be prepared with local volunteers in advance of this year’s fire season,” White continued. “CCADT was excited to be able to offer the appropriate training right here in Oakhurst. We are hoping to have a large turnout of volunteers who love animals and would like to be involved in this training.”

During this free workshop, the following topics will be discussed:

* Mission and purpose of the CCADT

* Community partnerships

* Types of volunteer positions

* Training requirements

* Review of policies and procedures

* Deployment: preparation and what to expect

* Community outreach events

“CCADT assists emergency response agencies including Red Cross Central California to help the community’s pet owners who evacuate with their small or large animals,” founder Naomi E. Flam said. “The team provides animal evacuation assistance and emergency animal sheltering when necessary - bringing all family members from a crisis situation into safety.”

Registration: RSVP to Mary Reimer, CCADT volunteer coordinator at Include your name and phone number. The registration deadline is May 25.

- Staff report