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Saving Pennsylvania's Animals in Emergencies

The Pennsylvania Animal Response Team is available 24/7 to protect animals impacted by natural or man-made disasters from fires to floods, highway accidents to hurricanes.

We do so by training volunteers to provide emergency assistance and sheltering who join our county animal response teams. Our volunteers not only provide emergency response but also fundraising, outreach, veterinary services, and other support to keep animals safe in our communities. Training is provided for free to all our volunteers.

Interested in learning how you can get trained to rescue animals?

Start with the PART Orientation video below which explains our mission and procedures.

If you would like to join us – sign up to volunteer and proceed to the online courses listed below. We encourage all types of volunteers, so if you have questions or would like to help with our work without handling animals, we welcome your support!

Ready for more?

Sign up to become a volunteer and get hands on training for emergency animal response for free!

Get your background check so you’ll be ready when your CART Coordinator sends next steps!

Donate today to ensure Pennsylvania’s animals are protected in all disasters!

Learn about the Pennsylvania Animal Response Team and the work we do!

Check out these additional course offerings from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Ready to get trained? Start here!

Volunteer & Training Policies

PART Training Policy

Amended 2-21-13

Volunteer Enrollment Policy

7-15-15

Volunteer Recognition Policy

Without its volunteers, PART could not exist.

Volunteer Questionnaire

For individuals interested in volunteering to provide more information.

Spontaneous Volunteer Policy

For the use of uncredentialed volunteers during disasters and related events.

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July 28th, 2021 in Perry County: Perry CART dispatched to assist PSP at Newport with 3 aggressive Pitbull's at a crime scene.July 22nd, 2021 in Fayette County: Two dogs involved in a house fire with no injuries. Pet Care Kit delivered to parents home where clients are staying.July 21st, 2021 in Fayette County: Two dogs stuck in a well. FD on scene able to extricate. No further unmet needs.July 20th, 2021 in Fayette County: 1 momma dog and 4 puppies displaced with owner by house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to hotel where owner was staying.July 12th, 2021 in Somerset County: PSP requested CART pickup a dog involved in a motor vehicle accident because the owner was being transported...July 13th, 2021 in Allegheny County: 6 dogs involved in a house fire. Advice to ACO on scene given, and dog taken to local emergency Veterinarian.July 13th, 2021 in Allegheny County: 3 dogs were involved in a house fire. All are displaced to different homes. Pet supplies delivered to thos...July 13th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: House fire involving 26 cats/kittens. Large Pet Care Kit of supplies delivered. Assisted owner with surrend...July 8th, 2021 in Lehigh County: Red Cross requested assistance with after fire help for 2 animals, involved in Dwelling FireJuly 5th, 2021 in Somerset County: CART was activated to pickup a dog that was in a vehicle accident because owner was being transported to the hospital.