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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!

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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September 25th, 2020 in Somerset County: Police Officer requested CART assistance with dog whose owner was found deceased. September 21st, 2020 in Lehigh County: Assisted family in need of supplies for 2 dogs after house fireSeptember 14th, 2020 in Snyder County: Failed to respond due to no driver being available to take the stock trailer to the incident location.September 13th, 2020 in Washington County: At 09:00 WaCART, was activated for a draft horse down over a hill and had slid under a fence.August 29th, 2020 in Lehigh County: Requested by passerby to assist with a loose mini horse found on the road.August 4th, 2020 in Lehigh County: Assistance requested for shelter that was opened up due to evacuations of homes damaged due to flooding in the areaSeptember 6th, 2020 in Somerset County: Somerset CART was dispatched to pick up an injured dog reported to be in the roadway at the Somerset/Westmor...September 6th, 2020 in Fayette County: Our assistance with manpower was requested by the HPO in Fayette Cty. with a dog hoarding situation.September 2nd, 2020 in Somerset County: The Humane Society asked CART to locate and transport an injured stray dog to the veterinarian.