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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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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