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Iowa City creates the first emergency animal response team

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A group of volunteers called the Iowa City Animal Services Animal Response Team has been created by the Iowa City Animal center in order to help animals in dyer situations around the community. Incidents can include natural disasters, animal hoarding, and crashes involving livestock on the interstate.

This is the first official community animal response team to exist in Johnson County.

Those who are interested in joining the team must first become and active and trained volunteer through the Animal Care and Adoption Center and must be at least 18 years old and complete addition online and in-person training.

Iowa City Animal Services and Johnson County Emergency Management will be hosting an all-day disaster preparedness workshop Saturday, April 8th, 2017. The workshop will be presented by the ASPCA, a national disaster response organization.

To learn more on how to get involved you can go to the Iowa City Animal Center here.

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