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Effective Planning for Animals in Disaster

This FREE 1 ½ day workshop will focus on planning for the care of animals in disasters. Successful responses to unexpected events require collaboration among many different actors, potentially working together in unique ways. This course offers an in-depth discussion of disaster response planning with a focus on building effective partnerships, developing local resources, and applying emergency management key concepts and best practices to the animal rescue field. Course content will be tailored as much as possible to the participants’ communities to encourage practical problem solving. All are welcome. We are particularly interested in participation with community organizers for both animal and human agencies likely to be deployed in times of local disasters, including flooding events. Now is the time to plan!


WHEN: We are offering 2 opportunities to participate in this vital workshop. November 27 (10 am -5 pm) - November 28 (9 am - 1 pm) in Wise, VA and November 30 (10 am - 5 pm) - December 1 (9 am - 1 pm) in Virginia Beach. Note: Participants who are unable to attend the entire workshop are welcome to join us for the first day. (They will not be eligible for the raffle of the emergency generator.)


COST: FREE, however registration is required. In addition, we have a limited number of scholarships to cover expenses for one night hotel lodging and breakfast the second morning. In addition, we will be providing lunch at no cost to participants at the venue. To apply for this scholarship, please email Alice Burton at with an expression of need. 


RAFFLE: We plan to raffle off one emergency generator valued at $800-$1000 at the end of the workshop to one participating agency whose staff or volunteers attend for both days. The generator is for public or private agency use only and not for individuals attending in their private capacity. This generator is generously donated by The Humane Society of the United States


Workshop qualifies for 11 CE Credit Hours 


LOCATION for November 27- 28 SWVA workshop:

Wise County Justice Center

Emergency Operations Center

5603 Patriot Dr

Wise, VA 24293


LODGING for Wise, VA Workshop: We have reserved rooms at the The Inn At Wise at the special rate of $109 per night, including breakfast, excluding taxes. To get this rate you must contact The Inn at Wise BY NOVEMBER 6th and state you are asking for the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies rate of $109. After November 6th, the rate increases to $149 per night. Their phone number is: (276) 321-7600


LOCATION for Nov 30 - Dec 1 VB Workshop:

The Founders Inn & Spa

5641 Indian River Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23464


LODGING for Virginia Beach: We have a room block reserved at The Founders Inn & Spa at a special rate of $109/night for Double Queen. To get this group rate, please use the booking link below or contact the hotel directly by calling 757-366-5700 and use booking code VFHS23 to receive the group rate. The cut-off date for the group rate is NOVEMBER 8th.  Please reserve early as the rooms may not be available after our block is filled.

Founders Inn & Spa Reservations


All participants are responsible for transportation, dinner and other incidental costs. (We do gratefully accept donations.)


About VFHS: The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies leads an alliance of organizations and individuals committed to ending the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats in Virginia. The Federation works with organizations across the Commonwealth to improve the lives of animals. Assisting shelters and rescues in preparing for the rescue, health, and care of animals during a natural disaster is an important program and the Federation is pleased to be assisting in coordinating this effort.


About HSUS: The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Animal Rescue Team is recognized as a world leader in disaster response. The HSUS provides disaster training to a variety of agencies and organizations, including animal control services, animal shelters and rescues, and national and local voluntary organizations active in disasters. Through expert training HSUS seeks to support and prepare its partners for the effective coordination of rescue and care services for animals in a disaster. 


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