Disaster Relief Specialist


Help shelters and pet owners prepare for and cope with large-scale emergencies such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and terrorist threats.

Education & Background

Disaster relief specialists need to learn many skills through education and experience, including knowledge of animal and human responses to stress, interpersonal communication skills, and ability to organize people and supplies quickly and efficiently.

Read about Chief Operating Officer, Adam Parascandola's, experiences responding to Hurricane Katrina (from the March-April issue of Animal Sheltering magazine).

HSUS Disaster Center

Professional Studies

The National Conference on Animals in Disaster - an annual event sponsored by The HSUS

Disaster Animal Response Team

Emergency Animal Sheltering

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study Program developed in collaboration with The HSUS

Volunteer for the HSUS Disaster Animal Response Team

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