Emergency Animal Sheltering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Recorded On: 08/27/2020

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This hurricane season is going to be especially challenging in light of the impact COVID-19 is having on our communities.  The pandemic will challenge jurisdictions’ ability to staff and safely operate an emergency animal shelter for evacuees’ pets and rescued animals. 

This webinar was created by the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition’s (NARSC) COVID-19 Sheltering Committee, and will teach you about the pandemic’s impact on sheltering (and how to plan for and solve these challenges), how to adapt your shelter layout to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and considerations for creating COVID-19 safe shelter protocols. 

Participants will also learn about free shelter consulting offered by NARSC personnel, including planning assistance and live remote help during your operations.


This webinar has been pre-approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Beth Gammie

Director of Field Services, RedRover

Beth Gammie is the Director of Field Services for RedRover, a national animal welfare organization headquartered in Sacramento, California.  In this role, Beth leads the RedRover Responders program which provides emergency animal sheltering in natural disasters and large-scale cruelty seizures throughout the United States and Canada.  Prior to this position, she was a volunteer with RedRover and other animal welfare groups. 

Jennifer Gardner

Senior Program Officer for Disaster Response & Risk Reduction program, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Jennifer Gardner is the Senior Program Officer for the Disaster Response & Risk Reduction program at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).  Jennifer deploys to disasters around the world such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, and most recently Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas last year.  In the United States, she supports field rescue and emergency shelters during events like Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the Camp Fire in California.  When not working in active disasters, Jennifer works to build capacity with local organizations in disaster prone regions through trainings in Disaster Management and Field Operations.  She also works with government agencies to develop plans for managing animals in disasters and to implement community risk mitigation projects. 

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