|Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:00|
Next REARS Training Academy Set for Jan. 26
Specialized Volunteer Team Helps During Emergencies
FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2012 –The Riverside Emergency Animal Rescue System will have its next training academy on Jan. 26.
The volunteer group's members are trained in how to handle and properly impound large animals during emergency rescue events.
Members are trained and certified by Riverside County Animal Services. The first step to earn certification is attending one of the twice-a-year academies. Members must go through the certification process to be eligible to assist during emergencies.
Many of the members are equine enthusiasts with years of experience in handling horses, but interested volunteers come from other backgrounds too, said Rita Gutierrez, field services commander for the Department of Animal Services.
"We encourage all to get involved with this wonderful organization that has proven to be a great network when we are faced with large-scale events," Gutierrez said.
The training session begins at 9 a.m. at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley, 92509.
The academy is free and participants are not required to bring anything. The training session will run approximately until 5 p.m.
Applications are available on the REARS Web site; Here is a direct link: http://www.rcrears.com/member.htm