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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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June 3rd, 2021 in Allegheny County: Assistance requested by Red Cross to help locate a dog removed from early am fire scene to local ACO kennel.June 13th, 2021 in Carbon County: Called at 8:38 for horse running loose in residential area on Lower Nis Hollow Road.June 12th, 2021 in Somerset County: Police requested CART assistance with 20 to 30 cats found at a residence during a welfare check. June 2nd, 2021 in Westmoreland County: Local Police requesting resource info to help disabled client with injured XL dog.June 1st, 2021 in Westmoreland County: State Police reached out for resources concerning a humane case with 6 horses.June 2nd, 2021 in Allegheny County: Apartment fire involving multiple animals. Pet supplies needed for clients now in local hotel.June 1st, 2021 in Allegheny County: Pet Care Kit needed for service dog due to owner being displaced by truck running into building.June 5th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: Stray loose horse found and caught. In need of possible transport.June 7th, 2021 in Fayette County: 7 Dogs and 1 Cat in need of supplies due to house fire.June 1st, 2021 in Somerset County: PD requested CART assistance with a bull that fell off the back of a truck and was running loose in Somerset Borough