An orientation program for people interested in joining a volunteer organization that helps domestic and agricultural animals during natural disasters and other emergencies will be held next month in Indiana.
The training is an introduction to the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team organization, and will be hosted by the Indiana County Animal Response Team.
County animal response teams aid animals, except wildlife, during crises like barn fires, floods, snowstorms or traffic accidents involving livestock trailers when evacuations of animals may be necessary.
The teams are equipped with trailers, cages and leashes to help handle and transport animals. Once the animals have been rescued, they are transported to temporary shelters providing feed.
SART orientation is required training for anyone who wants to become an active CART volunteer. The orientation is a one-hour PowerPoint presentation describing SART’s history and objectives. There are no “hands-on” activities.
There are no special attire requirements and no prerequisites. The orientation is intended for current or interested CART volunteers, emergency responders and the general public.
The orientation is free and certificates of training will be issued to all who attend. Participants must be 16 or older to receive certificates of training.
The session will be conducted by Thomas Norris, coordinator of the Indiana County Animal Response Team.
The session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Annex Building, 827 Water St., Indiana, in the first floor meeting room.
No registration is required. More information is available by calling Norris at (724) 599-2144.