Volunteers needed for animal response team



Have you ever seen those commercials for the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology? The ones where somebody has some sort of weird obsession with animals, and then a voice-over intones, "Love animals?"

Well, that really has nothing to do with this, other than a love for animals.

The city of Colorado Springs is looking for volunteers to join the Community Animal Response Team (CART). The volunteers will help rescue, evacuate and/or shelter horses and other livestock during large-scale emergencies like natural disasters, terrorist attacks and disease outbreaks, and all volunteers will be trained and credentialed.

This little girl wants to help, but only grown-ups are allowed to volunteer.
  • Belinda Hankins Miller
  • This little girl wants to help, but only grown-ups are allowed to volunteer.

In preparation, the city will hold a mock disaster exercise Oct. 1. Sixty volunteers are needed for this particular exercise, to perform tasks like horse handling, driving (to transport the horses) and performing clerical tasks.

An orientation session for those interested in participating in the exercise, or those interested in participating in general, will be held Aug. 11, hosted by the Colorado Springs Police Department. It will take place at 6 p.m. at the Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave.

Though a love for animals is not required, it is useful, since the idea is to save animals. Those interested should call 444-7878, and leave a message with your name and phone number.

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