The Delaware Animal Response program is seeking volunteers interested in assisting animals during disasters.

The program is recruiting community members for the Delaware State Animal Response Team and its specialized unit, the Delaware Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, by hosting volunteer orientation sessions in January. Those interested in volunteering with DAR must RSVP for the orientation sessions by contacting 242-3594 or

One-hour orientations will be held:

— 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16, DHSS Training Center, Edgehill Shopping Center, 43 S. Dupont Highway, Dover.

— 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, 21911 Rudder Lane, Georgetown.

— 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18, Office of Animal Welfare, Carvel Building, Lower Level, 1901 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle.

Managed by the Division of Public Health’s Office of Animal Welfare, DAR is looking for volunteers with various experiences and skills. Experience with animals is preferred but not necessary. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants are also sought to join the Veterinary Medical Response Corp.

DAR volunteers provide support to pet owners who must stay at a shelter during a disaster situation. The DAR program establishes co-located pet shelters so companion animals can be safe and close to their owners. The program was established in response to lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina.

The DAR program provides animal evacuation and transportation, animal search and rescue, animal emergency sheltering, veterinary medical support services and [ublic information and preparedness education

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