Training can prove to be the difference between life and death—success or failure—when it comes to animal rescue. Washington State Animal Response Team's all-volunteer crew has countless hours of training in everything from rope tying to animal care. When horses, cattle, dogs, cats, or even llamas are stranded or injured, the volunteers suit up and head out for a rescue. There, with the support of backboards, pulleys, and fire hoses tied into harnesses, the crew does what untrained people often cannot: rescue the endangered animal without hurting it or themselves.
Washington State Animal Response Team not only responds to isolated emergency situations, it also rescues animals from abusive situations and works with government agencies such as FEMA during natural disasters. During a recent response, Pierce County Animal Control rescued 39 neglected horses from a home in Graham, Washington, according to an article from MYNorthwest.com. There, the horses lived in barns with little to no light, in pens with standing urine and feces. The Washington State Animal Response Team coordinated more than 100 volunteers to pull the horses out of the situation and help care for the them afterward.
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