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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


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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April 16th, 2021 in Fayette County: Our team members helped in the extrication of a small dog stuck in drainage pipe under the roadway.April 16th, 2021 in Berks County: Lehigh County CART was requested to assist Topton FD (Berks County) with multiple animals involved in row home fire.April 14th, 2021 in Washington County: At 15:57 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down in a stall. April 7th, 2021 in Somerset County: A passerby reported a horse loose on the roadway. Somerset CART was dispatched to assist.April 7th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: 3 Dogs involved in a house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to fire client staying in pet friendly hotel.April 7th, 2021 in Northampton County: LV CART requested to assist with horse down in pastureMarch 28th, 2021 in Lehigh County: LV CART was requested to assist with 3 horses running loose. March 30th, 2021 in Lehigh County: LV CART requested to assist with horse down in stallApril 4th, 2021 in Washington County: At 09:48 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down stuck in a creek.September 25th, 2020 in Cambria County: Cambria CART requested to assist with horse down.