The Tulsa County Medical Reserve Corps was recently featured in a news story highlighting their excellent animal rescue efforts. Below is an excerpt from the article.
TULSA, Oklahoma – Out of a thousand emergency response teams across the country, Tulsa County’s Medical Reserve Corps is one of just seven selected for a national pilot program. The unit is made up of volunteers are credentialed and certified to help with anything from a biological threat like anthrax, to a hurricane or tornado, but it’s their animal rescue strategies that stand out.
“They are taking Oklahoma as a model, Tulsa specifically, because we are really good at disaster response. Unfortunately in Oklahoma, we have a lot of disasters,” said Carrie Suns, Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator.
“We are really the gold standard for the nation, and so we would like to duplicate that, because animals are such a big part of emergency response and disaster response.”
The team responded to an animal hoarding case in December, when 87 animals were rescued from a trailer in Spavinaw, spending 1,000 hours volunteering for the case.