BRIDGEPORT – On Saturday, April 12, from 4:00pm – 7:00pm the CT Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) will be taking part in “Pucks & Paws,” an event with VCA Animal Hospitals and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Webster Bank Arena. The afternoon will feature information booths, family fun, and demonstrations. EARS will be hosting a special booth and demonstration highlighting the work of Search And Rescue Dogs.
For over a century, dogs have been a part of search and rescue missions around the world. In the United States SAR dogs have been involved in nearly every disaster, whether natural or man-made, since at least the 1960s. From the aftermath of tornadoes and earthquakes, to the rubble of the Oklahoma City Bombing and the World Trade Centers, to their most recent involvement in the mudslide that struck the town of Oso in Washington State. Come learn about the important and heroic actions of these dogs!
EARS is a nonprofit organization which provides rapid response to animals affected by emergencies and disasters. In addition to assisting owners and animals displaced by household emergencies such as fires, the specialized team trains to respond to larger disasters such as hurricanes, blizzards, and other storms. The team works closely with fire and emergency services throughout the state, and has been involved in a large number of animal related responses.
The afternoon events at Webster Bank Arena are free and open to anyone – and dogs on leashes are welcome too. The Sound Tigers game being held at 7:00pm is also open to dogs, but tickets are required. For more information visit www.earsct.org.