Sanibel Island, Fla - Animal advocacy groups across Southwest Florida say they are ready to help with clean up efforts across the Gulf following the oil spill. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of the Wildlife (C.R.O.W.) say they have received phone calls from people wanting to volunteer, but responded there is nothing they can do for now.
The training needed for volunteers to help clean animals covered with oil is strict and is only offered by state and federal agencies.
Governor Crist's emergency disaster zone extends to Sarasota County, so any animal rescue efforts including how to properly handle sickened animals is only taking place along the panhandle.
C.R.O.W's Executive Director Steve Greenstein says if the governor's declaration expands to Charlotte, Lee or Collier County then training by state and federal officials will get underway.
Officials with the animal rehab center say they are taking down contact information for potential volunteers and are awaiting words to mobile resources to the affected areas.