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Animal Shelter Volunteers Needed - Training Provided!

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Volunteer to Help Shelter Animal Cruelty Victims

Last month we alerted DART volunteers about a large-scale animal cruelty investigation in Wolfeboro, NH that resulted in the seizure of 84 Great Danes. Because these animals are essentially being held as “evidence” in a criminal investigation by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), we expect to be sheltering them on behalf of the Wolfeboro Police Department for many months to come. Unfortunately none of the animals can be placed for adoption or into foster homes until the resolution of the criminal case.

And that’s where YOU come in! Disaster Animal Response Teams don’t just respond to natural disasters, but also to man-made disasters like this situation, where the response capabilities of local enforcement officials might not be enough. The HSUS simply could not do this life-saving work without the help of volunteers who step in to assist. Our Animal Rescue Team rarely gets called in for assistance here in New England, so this is a unique opportunity to practice your skills in a real-life setting . . . and help animals at the same time!

DART volunteers who have already been through the training requirements in Vermont or New Hampshire should be ready to respond if you’re interested. And the good news is that if you’re interested but not quite up on your training requirements, there are some workshops coming up! You can attend a workshop in Vermont or New Hampshire, no matter which state team you are on.

Our Emergency Animal Sheltering workshops are designed to teach participants the basic elements of setting up and operating an emergency pet shelter in their own communities using live animals. We’ll also cover basic pet behavior and safe animal handling. Please note there is a prerequisite webinar required to attend the workshop.  The webinar is free and self-paced, and takes about an hour to complete.  Click here to complete the webinar.




Saturday, August 5, 2017

9:45am - 2:30pm
NH Humane Society
1305 Meredith Center, Rd., Laconia, NH
Click here to register

Saturday, September 16, 2017
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Yankee Dog Training & Daycare
94 Vernon St., Brattleboro, VT
In addition to our regular curriculum, this program also includes pet first aid
Click here to register

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Nashua High School South Career Center
36 Riverside St., Nashua, NH
Click here to register

If you’re interested in adding your name to our growing list of volunteer responders, we encourage you to attend one of these training opportunities and complete the webinar. If you have already completed your training requirements and are interested in helping at the temporary shelter for the Great Danes, you can sign up as an HSUS Animal Rescue Volunteer at this link. Volunteers could be deployed independently or in teams of 2-4 people.  The HSUS will cover mileage, lunch, and hotel stays for those staying consecutive days.

Not interested or able to assist at the shelter, but still want to help somehow? You can make a monetary donation or choose from a wish list of items that will go directly to these needy dogs.

To learn more, visit the NHDART website by CLICKING HERE!

Or, call us at 603-271-6098

Thank you in advance for your interest and assistance!


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