The Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare is seeking individuals interesting in assisting animals in emergencies and disasters.

The OAW Delaware Animal Response program is recruiting community volunteers for its Delaware State Animal Response Team and their specialized unit, the Delaware Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps.

One-hour orientations will be held at 7 p.m. July 25 at Edgehill Shopping Center, 43 S. Dupont Highway, Dover; 7 p.m. July 26 at Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, 21911 Rudder Lane, Georgetown; 7 p.m. July 27 at Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety Building, 3601 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle; 10 a.m. Aug. 19 at Office of Animal Welfare, 1901 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle; 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at Edgehill Shopping Center; and 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.

The DAR program’s mission is to develop and implement preparedness, response and recovery plans necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of domestic animals and the people who own or have responsibility for animals during emergencies and disasters. DAR is looking for volunteers with various experiences and skills, including small or large animal care, handling, control, training, sheltering or rescue; first responders and others with experience in emergency preparedness and response; veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants; and persons interested in animal welfare and animal protection.

Residents are asked to RSVP for the orientation sessions by calling 242-3594 or emailing