National organization sponsors animal crisis training


The National Animal Assisted Crisis Response organization (NAACR) is sponsoring a training program Sept. 7-9 in Portland.  The course prepares AAA/AAT handler dog teams and leaders to respond to local and national incidents and disasters.  Instruction includes animal care and stress prevention, basic crisis intervention, and self and team care.  Students will participate in simulated activities such as emotional trauma simulations.  Participants are limited to active therapy dog teams with at least 12 hours of documented AAA/T work.  Applications are due Aug. 5.  For details/applications, visit or contact Diane at