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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

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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February 4th, 2023 in Northampton County: Request from Red Cross to assist a lady with our cat comfort kit.January 24th, 2023 in Lehigh County: State Police request help with cow found in front yard of a home.January 25th, 2023 in Westmoreland County: Helping family with cat supplies and finding adoption locations for 13 cats sheltered in home with storm damage.January 23rd, 2023 in Westmoreland County: Public detail assist needed to help lift elderly dog back into home during snowy conditions.January 10th, 2023 in Somerset County: Somerset CART was requested to care for 10 cats for hospitalized person.