By Jeff Kermode
contributing writer 

Central California Animal Disaster Team Volunteer Recruitment and Team Training


April 1, 2023

The Central California Animal Disaster Team's (CCADT) mission is to help the ENTIRE family during disasters, by caring for displaced animals and providing peace of mind to pet parents, and comfort to furry family members.

We are growing our Kern County Team with our Annual Volunteer Recruitment and Team Training 2023 on Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16 at the Kern County Sheriff's Office Auditorium, 1350 Norris Rd., in Bakersfield. The event times are Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have a heart to help animals, large and small, you may register by visiting the CCADT website:

Volunteers are always needed to assist with animal evacuation and emergency sheltering. Due to the amount of time invested in training that strives to meet FEMA standards, this is the only training event for new volunteers offered in the southern counties that CCADT serves - Tulare and Kern counties. Afterward, continuing education is scheduled throughout the year.

The CCADT has opened six shelters in the last three weeks to assist in counties affected by floods. Tehachapi volunteers Debi Geary, Kern County Area Leader, Butch Reyburn, Area Director, Jeff Kermode, Public Information Officer, Fiona Nelson, Sue Repke, Greg Hahn and Ashley Candelaria (Bakersfield) responded to the Lake Isabella Emergency Animal Shelter (EAS) and then deployed to the EAS in Porterville.

"During the last 10 years, CCADT has responded to 42 wildfires and has helped save thousands of animals during wildfires and floods in the Central Valley," said Naomi E, Tobias, Founder and CEO, and 2023 Women of the Year in District 8 in Fresno County.

Founded in 2011, the Central CA Animal Disaster Team is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Fresno that serves seven counties. For additional information on the CCADT or to make a donation, please visit


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