SFCCC Recognizes Importance of the Human-Animal Bond

August 29 marks the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. When 89,000 pets went missing in the aftermath, Congress passed the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act of 2006, which requires state and local authorities to include companion animals and service animals in their disaster preparedness plans in order to qualify for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Through our Veterinary Street Outreach Services (VET SOS) project, SFCCC serves as a partner in the SF Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals, which offers free trainings to become a registered Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) worker. For more information on VET SOS, please visit: http://www.sfccc.org/clinics/vetsos.htm. For more information on DART training, please contact Dr. Bing Dilts, DVM: dr.bing.dilts@sfgov.org or (415-554-9417).
August 5-11, is International Assistance Dog Week (IADW). IADW was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Pictured is SFCCC President & CEO, John Gressman, with “My Buddy”, a staff member’s service dog.