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Cat Depot Hosts Animal Emergency Sheltering Class

Oct 07, 2015 01:41PM

Are you ready to help animals during disasters? Take the next step and become a Disaster Animal Responder. The Florida State Animal Response Coalition will hold an Awareness Level Small Animal Sheltering volunteer training class on October 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Cat Depot. The class will provide the knowledge needed to work in an emergency animal shelter and give individuals the expertise and practical experience required to become a professional disaster animal responder. There is a small team administration fee of $15 which includes one FL SARC t-shirt.

            Course topics include Personal Preparedness, Overview of the Incident Command System, Deployment Preparedness, Assisting in Shelter Set Up, Daily Care and Feeding, Proper Cage Cleaning and Disinfection, Animal Behavior, Stress Management, Zoonotic Diseases, Personal Safety and more. The Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering class is certified by the Florida Department of Emergency Management and is required to respond in Florida to help companion animals during a disaster.

            Cat Depot, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 no-kill, free-roaming facility, is recognized for its progressive design and commitment to helping homeless, abandoned and injured animals. Cat Depot’s mission is to save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats. Cat Depot supports more than 150 cats and kittens on any given day. The Cat Depot Supply and Gift store is open daily featuring top name brands of cat food and litter, calming products, treats, and unique gifts for cats and cat lovers.


Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handicap accessible. Location: 2542 17th St., Sarasota. To register for this class, call 561-325-9738 or visit For more information on Cat Depot, call 941-366-2404 or visit

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