Media Release

Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Class

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:00 AM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County Emergency Management is enrolling citizens for the Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Class. This class is on June 20, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 S.E. 27th Street, Gainesville). There is a $15 fee per student (collected at registration). The registration fee includes a complimentary t-shirt. This class is presented by the Florida State Animal Response Coalition (SARC).

The Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering class is certified by the Florida Department of Emergency Management, and is required (in Florida) for those who wish to help companion animals in emergency shelters during a disaster. The class gives participants the knowledge needed to work in an emergency animal shelter, and the expertise and practical experience required to become a professional disaster animal responder.

Click to register online.

For more information about Florida SARC, visit their website, call 563-325-9738, or email

For more information, contact Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator Ebbin Spellman at 352-264-6550 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).