National Volunteer Appreciation Week continues! Today we have a post from another volunteer at the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. If you haven’t already done so, please click here to check out their website and learn about how they protect animals during emergencies. Today’s volunteer is Dante Norris, who is sharing about his first rescue with NVADG:
On February 12, 2017 I was working as a volunteer with the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. At approximately 1720 we were deployed to the Oroville Dam Spillway incident. Information was given to rendezvous at Butte College where we would obtain a briefing on what the developing situation in Oroville, CA was and receive our assignment. Due to high levels of precipitation the Spillway had been compromised, which prompted authorities to evacuate portions of the county downstream. My role as a NVADG volunteer was to drive around the county and locate homes which had animals that were unable to be taken by owners during the evacuation. With cages and trailers we loaded various animals and took them from the flood zones to a safer location in Chico, CA where dedicated NVADG volunteers cared for them as if they were their own. It was a long night and early morning, totaling over 300 driving miles throughout the county, but truly a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Outstanding leadership, training and hardworking volunteers made a complex situation a success.
The volunteer work of the NVADG volunteers is very similar to spill response, in that it is a high intensity situation, which makes their volunteers awesome spill volunteers. Thank you Dante and the rest of the NVADG program for your great work!