Volunteers of the Central California Animal Disaster Team in Tehachapi show off their booth and provide more information on the organization. From left: Ervin Reyburn, Catherine McCord, and Debi Geary.

Courtesy of Catherine McCord

The Central California Animal Disaster Team in Tehachapi is offering two free workshops to people interested in joining the animal response team in the Central Valley.

Two workshops, Core Training and The Basics of Emergency Animal Sheltering, are scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tehachapi Police Department located at 220 W. C St.

This year, the CCADT partnered with Kern County Animal Services and created a Greater Tehachapi Valley Division staffed with volunteers to help animal owners with their companion pets, livestock and horses during disasters. Plans are underway to recruit additional volunteers to assist throughout Kern County. The CCADT also provides services in the counties of Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare.

This past summer, the CCADT responded to eight fires in the Central Valley including the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County, where more than 500 small and large animals were evacuated and sheltered throughout three counties.

In 2016, CCADT assisted with owners' household pets at the emergency animal shelters located at the Red Cross shelters during the Erskine Fire. Founded in 2011, the Central CA Animal Disaster Team is a regional nonprofit organization headquartered in Fresno that is staffed entirely by volunteers.

For additional information, contact Debi Geary or Naomi Flam, at 559-433-9663