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Residents can help animals displaced by disasters, cruelty
by Tribune Staff
Mar 21, 2012 | 1488 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print


RENO — RedRover, a California-based non-profit organization, is offering a training workshop at the Nevada Humane Society for people who want to shelter and care for animals rescued from large cruelty situations or displaced by floods, fires and other natural disasters.

The workshop will prepare people to volunteer with the RedRover Responders, which provides temporary sheltering for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises in the United States and Canada. RedRover Responders volunteers walk, feed and comfort animals until they can be reunited with their families, placed in foster care or adopted into new homes. After completing the training program, volunteers are eligible to deploy to situations in Nevada and throughout the United States and Canada.

The workshop will be facilitated by Beth Gammie, RedRover’s emergency services manager. Gammie has deployed to numerous emergencies with RedRover, including mass rescues from puppy mill busts and hoarding cases. Last October, a volunteer team led by Gammie sheltered two dozen cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Virginia City after their owner died. In that situation, RedRover worked closely with the Nevada Humane Society.

With nearly 3,000 active volunteers in the U.S. and Canada, RedRover can respond when communities become overburdened by a crisis involving a large number of animals. In 2011, RedRover Responders volunteers provided temporary animal sheltering in 17 emergency situations.

“RedRover Responders volunteers are specially trained in emergency sheltering, and we are prepared to assist a community at a moment’s notice when a large influx of animals in crisis overtaxes existing resources,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth.

The workshop will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the society, 2825-B Longley Lane. Cost is $50 per person in advance. The training program fee includes a volunteer T-shirt, official photo ID badge, certificate of completion and volunteer handbook.

Advance registration is required. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. Find more information and register online at www.redrover.org/responders.
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