HACKENSACK N.J. — The Bergen County Sheriff's Office will offer a free, 10-week program to become a volunteer for the Bergen County Animal Response Team beginning Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

The team comprises certified volunteers who respond, rescue, and shelter animals in emergency situations with care and professionalism. Classes will run to April 30 and will take place at the Paramus at the Life Safety Complex, 1 Jockish Square.

Enrolled volunteers will learn about topics including Animal Preparedness, Animal Bite Safety, Animal Rescue & Evacuations, Understand Animal Behaviors, Handling Livestock Safely, and Disaster Sheltering for Companions. The program is open to all animal lovers who are interested in learning about how to care for them and coordinate and educate the public in the event of an emergency or disaster.

To sign up email Gidget Petry at gpetry@bcsd.us.