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Okanagan Animal Rescue Service ALERT hosts volunteer training course – Penticton News

Animal rescue needs your help

A Penticton-based central and south Okanagan animal emergency agency invites new members to help care for animals when fires and floods hit the valley.

The Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is activated alongside emergency assistance services to ensure people have what they need for their animals.

During extreme flooding in November, ALERT stepped in to support nearly 100 evacuated dogs and cats with their families from Merritt.

In Princeton, volunteers responded to the area with a shipment of supplies for 76 animals en route to Manitoba that were stranded due to road closures.

ALERT is run entirely by volunteers and depends on donations and grants to help it continue. They also accept donations for pet food, kennels, or other supplies to help care for pets that have been moved.

The team will hold its Pet Emergency Services Volunteer Training Course at the end of March, which covers rescuing and sheltering pets and livestock during a disaster.

The course runs Sunday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penticton Pathways Resource Center.

The cost is $40 per person and pre-registration is required. E-mail [email protected] or call 250-809-7152 for more information.