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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.

Then begin the FEMA courses linked below the orientation video.

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

Upcoming Classes:

June 10-11 2023 Emergency Response for Animals.


Ready to get trained? Start here!

Mandatory courses from FEMA

Volunteer & Training Policies

PART Training Policy

Amended 2-21-13

Volunteer Enrollment Policy


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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February 17th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 1 dog and 1 cat involved in a house fire. Delivered Pet Care Kit to owner.February 13th, 2024 in Indiana County: Requested to assist a family with multiple Cats that were forced from their apartment due to a fire in a nei...February 10th, 2024 in Fayette County: 2 dogs and family displaced by house fire in need of Pet Care Kit.February 10th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 3 dogs and family displaced by house fire in need of a Pet Care Kit and crate.February 9th, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was activated to extricate a senior horse that had fallen into a culvert on a local farm.February 2nd, 2024 in Lehigh County: Requested help for horse down in it's stall.January 23rd, 2024 in Lehigh County: State Police called asking for help with 2 piglets found taped up box out side a restaurant.February 4th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 3 cats and their owners were displaced by house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to pet owners.February 2nd, 2024 in Allegheny County: 1 lg. dog needed Pet Care Kit due to house fire that all items were destroyed.January 31st, 2024 in Somerset County: PSP activated CART for a horse running loose in the Windber area.