Pet Emergency Training (P.E.T.) for First Responders
Pet Emergency Training (P.E.T.) for First Responders is a Santa Barbara Countywide program provided by C.A.R.E.4Paws, pet emergency and specialty hospital Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) and dog trainer Brian Glen to teach first responders how to care for pets in an emergency situation. Workshops cover most aspects of critical emergency pet care along with dog training tools and techniques to ensure pets and first responders stay safe. First responders also gain knowledge of and access to all of C.A.R.E.4Paws' programs so that they can share these resources with pet owners in need.
Program launch and press coverage
We launched P.E.T. for First Responders in October 2019 with five workshops for firefighters from Santa Barbara City and Montecito Fire Departments at Santa Barbara City Fire Department’s Drill Tower. From February through March, we provide 12 workshops for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Dr. Andrea Wells and her team from AVS cover several topics on how to provide critical care to pets in an emergency situation:
Restraining techniques for dogs and cats
Checking heart rates and temperatures
Pet CPR basics
Dealing with an overheated animal; giving fluids
Burns, wound care and broken limbs
Dog trainer Brian Glen provides tools for how to safely handle dogs that act aggressively or are protective of their owners to ensure that these dogs don’t prevent their owners from receiving critical care.
Dog psychology basics
Common scenarios first responders encounter in the field and best approaches to handle those situations
Tools to help manage various types of dog behaviors
Worst case scenarios/extreme situations and best approaches
First responders learn about the programs and services C.A.R.E.4Paws offers for low-income, senior, disabled and homeless pet owners in Santa Barbara County, including:
Animal abuse and domestic violence victims assistance
We also provide information about how to recognize signs of animal abuse in a home, steps to take to report an abusive situation and how to access C.A.R.E.4Paws' new Safe Haven program, which assists victims of domestic violence. The program, which launched February 1 in collaboration with agencies such as Domestic Violence Solutions and several local pet rescue groups, animal shelters and pet services providers, will provide temporary refuge for pets whose owners suffer in a violent home situation so that owners can leave their abusive partners without fearing for the safety and well-being of their animals.
For more information and/or to sign your agency up for our P.E.T. program, contact us at or 805-968-CARE (2273) for more information.