Help Dogs in Emergencies and Disasters

Workshops train volunteers in emergency planning and response to help dogs affected by disasters.

Dog lovers in the Bloomington, Minn., area can train to assist with emergency animal rescue and sheltering in a series of workshops provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and United Animal Nations. The workshops are an effort to recruit local residents to assist animal victims affected by fires, floods, tornadoes or other emergencies.

Participants will learn how to set up and operate temporary animal disaster relief shelters; comfort and care for displaced animals; coordinate medical care for sick and injured animals; successfully reunite animals with caregivers; and educate the public about the importance of including animals in emergency planning.

Workshops will be held Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1 at the Holiday Inn Bloomington in Bloomington, Minn., and run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $50 per participant and includes a T-shirt, volunteer handbook, and lunch.

For more information or to register, call the United Animal Nations at (916) 429-2457 or visit

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