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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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April 16th, 2021 in Fayette County: Our team members helped in the extrication of a small dog stuck in drainage pipe under the roadway.April 16th, 2021 in Berks County: Lehigh County CART was requested to assist Topton FD (Berks County) with multiple animals involved in row home fire.April 14th, 2021 in Washington County: At 15:57 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down in a stall. April 7th, 2021 in Somerset County: A passerby reported a horse loose on the roadway. Somerset CART was dispatched to assist.April 7th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: 3 Dogs involved in a house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to fire client staying in pet friendly hotel.April 7th, 2021 in Northampton County: LV CART requested to assist with horse down in pastureMarch 28th, 2021 in Lehigh County: LV CART was requested to assist with 3 horses running loose. March 30th, 2021 in Lehigh County: LV CART requested to assist with horse down in stallApril 4th, 2021 in Washington County: At 09:48 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down stuck in a creek.September 25th, 2020 in Cambria County: Cambria CART requested to assist with horse down.