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Become an Animal Response Team Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

When Hurricane Irene hit Pennsylvania our Response Team had a leadership role in the state Emergency Operations Center making sure that at every Red Cross shelter there were supplies and shelters open for pets.

When the West Chester ice storms froze the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Animal Response team opened a mega shelter down the street from the human shelter at West Chester University and took in dogs, cats, lizards and even a couple hamsters.

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the New Jersey shoreline, we sent two teams of volunteers to do search and rescue operations door to door to find the pets of people who had been caught away from home before the evacuation. Then we staffed a shelter with over 500 dogs and 300 cats belonging to displaced residents and shelters too damaged by the storm to operate.

This is who we are and what we do. Our volunteers rescue animals, erect shelters, and assist in cruelty cases. They are teachers, it professionals, firefighters, farmers, and construction workers. Some of our volunteers excel at animal handling, others host fundraisers and serve as public information officers, we have veterinarians and veterinary technicians, accountants, and resource partners who help us with facilities and supplies. The one thing they all have in common is a love of animals.

We depend on our volunteers to ensure that no pet is left behind in a disaster.

Will you help?

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January 7th, 2022 in Fayette County: House fire client in need of supplies for one cat and one dog. Full Pet Care Kit for both animals delivered to client.January 11th, 2022 in Lehigh County: Requested by Tri-Clover Fire Department to assist with horse down in stallJanuary 10th, 2022 in Perry County: Perry CART dispatched to assist Perry County Sheriffs Office at a home evictionJanuary 4th, 2022 in Somerset County: Somerset CART was activated to investigate an emu sighting on Stoystown Rd near the 219 exit.December 28th, 2021 in Somerset County: Somerset CART was activated to capture 2 emus that were spotted at the intersection of route 30 and 160 in Reels CornerDecember 23rd, 2021 in Washington County: At 08:21 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down stuck in a stall at the equine facility.December 23rd, 2021 in Washington County: At 02:26 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a cat displaced by a structure fire.November 23rd, 2021 in Washington County: At 10:19 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down stuck in a stall.November 12th, 2021 in Washington County: At 07:43 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down in a creek.November 10th, 2021 in Washington County: At 11:40 WaCART, was notified by NSTPD for a mutual aid request in North Strabane Township, Washington Count...