The Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, extends an invitation to attend a volunteer training session on potential Green River flooding and the Howard Hanson Dam.
Interested youth and adults with livestock handling experience are encouraged to attend one of the sessions, either November 7th OR November 14th.
WASART has been tasked by King County Animal Care and Control with setting up and staffing a livestock animal shelter at the Enumclaw Expo Center in the event flooding occurs on the Green River. The organization is recruiting and training volunteers from various animal-related organizations with large animal handling skills to help staff the Enumclaw Expo Center under the direction of WASART Team and Operations Leaders.
In addition to those with livestock handling expertise, volunteers are also being recruited from various veterinary and veterinary technician groups and organizations.
Volunteers will supplement the already trained WASART members if shelter care is required for animals displaced in a Green River flooding. Depending on the circumstances, the shelter may need to remain open from between three weeks to several months.
Training Dates and Time: November 7th and November 14th, from 9:30 – 3:00.
Volunteers only need to attend one of the sessions, not both.
Location: Exhibits Hall of the Enumclaw Expo Center, (formerly the King County Fairgrounds), 45224 – 284th Ave SE in Enumclaw.
Topics Include: Chain of command, processing procedures, cleaning and exercising of animals, minor animal first aid, safety and mental health/self care.
Training Fees: Training is free, but a $10.00 donation to cover administrative expenses such as photocopying costs of handouts, equipment rental, etc., is suggested.
Lunch: Ginger Senecal (Mama Passarelli of The Soup Ladies) will provide a vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch for a cost of $7.00 each.
Pre-registration is Required: Registration for either training session is requested no later than seven days prior to the training date selected. For more information regarding the training content, contact Bill Daugaard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-417-8339. To register for a training session, contact Lynn Telford-Zenk at email@example.com or 206-498-4633.
All trained volunteers will be credentialed as Temporary Emergency Workers for both training and actual shelter work so they have liability coverage and protection under the Washington Emergency Worker program.
Information on WASART is available on its website, http://washingtonsart.org/.
Please join us as we are “Helping Animals and Their Owners in a Disaster”.