Jun 7, 2014 8:15 PM by Lena Howland

Humane Society prepares for disasters

With fire and flood season already upon us this summer, the Humane Society of the Pike's Peak Region is gearing up to be prepared for the worst.

HSPPR took care of a total of 1800 animals with the last two disasters combined, including the Waldo Canyon Fire and the Black Forest Fire.

"We have to have a team that's ready to go and knows what to do so we've been working very hard, staying trained. The exercise is a part of staying trained and ready in case an emergency happens," Jan McHujh-Smith, President and CEO of HSPPR said.

Saturday morning, they joined the Community Animal Response Team (CARD) for a disaster sheltering exercise.

"The people here today are volunteers who have been trained as CART team members so they're volunteering their time on a Saturday morning to practice taking in animals for evacuation," McHujh-Smith said.

About half a dozen community volunteers brought in their dogs, cats and other mammals for emergency scenarios.

"We've had an animal that had to be decontaminated, we have an injured sick cat coming in so our veterinarian is on site," she said.

One CARD volunteer tells News 5 the training exercises are for the good of the animals in our community.

"Whether it's a cat or dog, they're all pets and so we just want to make sure that they're safe and secure," Dayna Carnival, a CARD volunteer said.

The Humane Society encourages pet owners to be prepared for anything this summer.

"I just want to remind people to be ready, having your pet's information, having an ID tag, a photo of your pet, are all things you can do to be prepared if a disaster occurs in our community," McHujh-Smith said.

If you are interested in volunteering for the CART team, visit their website here: CART - Humane Society of the Pike's Peak Region.


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