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Do you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home?

Do you have a go kit?

Do you have a fire escape plan for your family?

Does it include your pets?

It is extremely important to be prepared and to know what to do if a disaster or an emergency occurs. If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, Red Paw can help!

Red Paw responders are certified in Pet First Aid and CPR, Disaster Response, and Animal Rescue, including Large Animal Rescue; we are Emergency Responders, EMT’s, and Vet Techs. Our team will come out to your workplace, school, community group, etc., and give a one hour seminar to groups interested in Pet Preparedness, Fire Safety, and Pet FA/CPR.

To schedule a presentation email us at redpawemergencyrelief@gmail.com.

Seminars offered

“Introduction to Red Paw” — 1 hour (Emergency Responders, American Red Cross, etc.)

This class provides an overview of Red Paw, a non-profit organization, founded in Philadelphia. It is especially helpful to cities, counties and towns and emergency responders, FD, Red Cross, etc., not already including pets in response. This class will explain how we plan to expand Red Paw Chapters in the coming years.

If your local orgs are not in a position to help support a full blown organization, information on how to making referrals to other agencies/shelters will be included, along with gathering pet friendly resources (Pet Hotels, 24 hr Vets, O2 masks, Pet friendly rentals, Animal Ambulances). Pitfalls will be pointed out.

 

“Pet Preparedness” — 1 hour (General Public)

This class is an adjunct to the American Red Cross’s Be Red Cross Ready, emphasizing Pet Preparedness as a part of the Preparedness Component of the Disaster cycle. It points out the unique needs of pets in disaster and helps families integrate pet preparedness with family preparedness.

 

“Signs & Symptoms 101 for Companion Animals in Disaster” — 1 hr (Emergency Responders, American Red Cross, etc.)

This class emphasizes assessment of animals who have been directly involved in disaster and are in need of assistance. Topics that will be covered include, signs and symptoms of smoke inhalation, emotional stress, handling of stressed animals, etc. Observing, describing, and referring animals on scene will be covered. It falls into the Response Component of the Disaster cycle.

 

“Animal Handling for Companion Animals in a Disaster” — 1 hr (Emergency Responders, American Red Cross, etc.)

This course is drawn from the experience of Red Paw responders, who have deployed to hundreds of disaster scenes and have worked with State Animal Response Teams (SART) on a variety of emergency deployments. Starting with identifying basic signs of stressed animals, we will outline techniques and tips for handling stressed companion animals at the scene of a disaster, including crating and transportation tips, trapping techniques, and restraint methods. Participants will have the opportunity to handle tools and equipment most commonly used during emergency response in the hands-on component of this course.


Seminars offered

Past Speaking Engagements

  • West Chester University
    MSW Program: Humane Animal Dynamic
    Guest Speaker 2016
  • Drexel University
    Women in Leadership
    Panelist
    2016
  • Penn Vet
    Human/Animal Bond
    Guest Speaker
    2015
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Dept. of Public Health
    Social Media & Communications
    Guest Speaker
    2015
  • West Chester University
    MSW Program: Humane Animal Dynamic
    Guest Speaker 2015
  • American Red Cross Southeaster PA Chapter
    PA Disaster Conference
    Presenter
    2014
  • Penn Vet Emergency and Disaster Relief Symposium
    Presenter
    2014
  • American Red Cross Resilience and Readiness Academy
    Guest Speaker
    2011, 2012, 2013
  • Penn Vet
    Student Affairs
    Guest Speaker
    2013
  • West Chester University
    Social Work in Disasters Graduate Class
    Guest Speaker
    2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Queen Village K9 Association
    Guest Speaker
    June 2013
  • Association of Contingency Planners Liberty Valley Chapter
    Guest Speaker
    March 2013
  • Friends of Whitman Library, Helping Animals in Your Community
    Guest Speaker
    March 2013
  • Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association Meeting
    Guest Speaker
    March 2013
  • Francis Scott Key School, Junior Fire Patrol Assembly
    Guest Speaker
    Feb 2013