Katrina's Animal Rescue
Ask the Rescuers: Volunteer Work and Animal Rescue Training

Volunteer Work and Animal Rescue Training

Jane Garrison
Search and Rescue Professional and Founder of Animal Rescue New Orleans

There are many ways you can help with rescuing animals. Right now there are thousands of animals on the streets in New Orleans and the surrounding counties. These animals are living in areas that are still uninhabited with little availability of food and water. The only reason these traumatized animals are alive is because of the volunteers who have helped set up food and water stations all over the area. If you are interested in volunteering with animal rescue and feeding, please go to AnimalRescueNewOrleans.org and e-mail us with the dates you would like to come. It does not take special skills to feed these animals. All you need is a big heart and a willingness to work hard! We desperately need more volunteers, so I encourage you to join us in our quest to save as many of these victims as possible.

Dave Pauli
Regional Director for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

There are many opportunities for everyone to help with animal rescues. First, you should make sure that your family and your communities have good animal disaster plans. For this disaster, the largest need is for local animal adoption agencies to accept more animals from Mississippi and Louisiana. If you are interested in adopting a Gulf Coast animal victim, contact your local shelter or humane society and let them know. They can contact HSUS (disasters@hsus.org), the Louisiana SPCA, or Best Friends Animal Society to enquire about getting some of these animal victims for temporary foster care and potential adoption. The animals must be fostered a certain length of time to give their original caregivers an opportunity to find them!

Question: What training do animal rescuers get?

Jane Garrison
Search and Rescue Professional and Founder of Animal Rescue New Orleans

I suggest that anyone wanting to help animals pick up some books and learn about issues that affect animals. Books such as DIET FOR A NEW AMERICA, DOMINION, and 101 WAYS TO SAVE THE ANIMALS are great places to start.

I took a disaster training class and received my certification. In 1997 I went to my first disaster, the floods in Northern California. Since that time I have rescued animals in several other disasters. I plan to give classes and write manuals on how to rescue animals during disasters. If you are interested in these courses or helping in future disasters, please go to AnimalRescueNewOrleans.com and send an e-mail indicating this.

Dave Pauli
Regional Director for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

There are many training courses available. You can start with two FEMA self-study courses available at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/crslist.asp. National groups also provide regional training. Information about HSUS’s training courses can be found at http://www.hsus.org. Interested parties can also check their HSUS regional office for scheduled classes.

  • suzann

    I am interested in rescue trianing animals that are negleted &abused in Ms.but don’t know where to start .Can you give me alittle booste??

  • Britani von Busse

    I love animals and my dream has always been animal rescue. I am not sure if I am even allowed to post on here, only because I am a minor. BUT I am doing a project for school and was wanting to know if someone would answer some questions for me so I can complete my research.
    Everyday I see an abandoned animal. I try my hardest to do what I can by helping any animal in need, even though it isn’t my job (yet). I am not experienced as other people who may have posted on here, but I would like to learn more. So far in my young life, I have rescued several dogs, cats, ducks, raccoons, and rabbits. Not all of these animals were tame, but somehow I was able to get them to warm up to me so I could help them. I am not sure if this is a gift, being able to help and calm animals down, but I know that as soon as I graduate I will be going to college. I am not sure where, but I will succeed in my dream job of Animal Rescue.

  • Ted

    You can do anything you dream of doing you just have to hope and try. It does sound like you have a gift that would make you great at working with animals. Keep up the good work and always follow your heart.

  • Britani von Busse

    I haven’t been able to get into Animal Rescue, BUT I do work at a place called All About Dogs. It’s wonderful!!! I get to work with dogs all day and almost everyday. There is daycare, kennel, and grooming part. I am currently in daycare, but I get to see so many different dogs a week. And learning each of their personalities is just amazing! It’s amazes me how different each dog is! Some are so sweet, some are timid and submissive. Some are grouchy until they know you, the list just goes on! I love my job and working with Dogs has seriously shown me that I know this was meant to be for me!

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