Animal control officer Jennifer Bender told the Lodi Animal Advisory Commission on Monday night that there is not enough funding in the city’s budget to form or join a disaster animal response team.
A disaster animal response team, or DART, is made up of volunteers trained to save animals from disasters or cruelty. Volunteers typically provide food, shelter and veterinary services to animals displaced by natural disasters, or pets that were abused by humans.
Bender told the commission Monday that similar teams are organized in larger cities such as San Francisco or Los Angeles through the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
But due to costs for training, travel and staff time, joining a DART is not an option for Lodi at this time, Bender said.