Mapes Auditorium, ARL Main
The ARL is known for pet adoptions, but we do so much more! Join us for a monthly series on hot topics in animal welfare called “Beyond Adoption”. These FREE 90 minute sessions will be geared towards ARL staff and volunteers, but are open to anyone who is interested in the topic that month. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks to share and there will be time allotted for Q&A.
BEYOND ADOPTION: Pet Preparedness in the Event of a Disaster
Scott Wilson, ARL Animal Welfare Intervention Coordinator, has worked in the field of animal welfare for 23 years. His experience ranges from being the Lead Investigator for the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha, NE, to being the Director of Field Operations for the Humane Society of the United States Emergency Services Department. From Hurricane Katrina, to the San Diego County wildfires, to the flooding in Cedar Rapids, Scott has been on the frontlines of animal disaster response.
Owners have to prepare a plan for safely relocating their pets in the event of a disaster and how to care for them if the family is displaced. Shelters need to plan for how they will care for a large influx of dislocated pets and how they will reunite them with their families. City and state governments need to have a plan for how they will deal with animals in disasters and how they can help owners and shelters to care for those animals.
Come learn what you can do to better prepare yourself and your pets in the event of a disaster!