TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) will hold its 16th Annual Symposium on Monday, April 28 at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown to train state and county animal response teams in large animal rescue and setup and use of sheltering trailers.

During the daylong seminar, attendees will get hands-on experience in aiding large animals, such as cows and horses, in times of emergency.  The training will show responders how to keep themselves safe while working with large, possibly injured animals.

Those attending also will learn how to use new sheltering trailers given to Ocean, Burlington and Hunterdon counties’ Offices of Emergency Management through a federal grant to the Department of Agriculture.  The 20-foot trailers are outfitted with cages and can be used to provide temporary shelter or transportation for pets in emergencies.  The trailers have heating and cooling units, electrical and water hook-ups, generators and external light sources, giving users the ability to set up a temporary animal shelter at any location.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, under the auspices of AEWG, develops and coordinates plans to protect animals during emergency situations.  It oversees state and county animal response teams that work in the field during disasters and emergencies.  The AEWG operates under the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health and the New Jersey State Police, Office of Emergency Management.

Animal control officers, police and firefighters, county emergency planners, animal response volunteers, veterinary-related personnel and others with an interest in assisting animals during emergency situations will be in attendance at the symposium.

The AEWG Symposium will be held 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 28 at the the Horse Park of New Jersey, 626 Route 524, Allentown, NJ.