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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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February 15th, 2021 in Allegheny County: 2 adult dogs, 5 puppies, 1 cat involved in house fire involving two neighboring houses. Pet Care Kit and tr...February 10th, 2021 in Fayette County: Assistance requested by the R.C. for a fire client with 7 cats displaced outside by house fire.February 13th, 2021 in Allegheny County: Pet Care Kit delivered to house fire client for 3 dogs.February 13th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: Assistance requested to transport and temporarily foster one dog involved in tractor trailer accident, then cancelled.February 7th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: Equipment offered to assist Fire Department or tree trimmer in retrieving a cat stuck in a tree.February 13th, 2021 in Lehigh County: LV CART received a request for possible assistance with 4 cats involved with a hazardous substance.February 13th, 2021 in Bucks County: Contacted by Vet for assistance with a horse down in driveway on ice unable to get upFebruary 10th, 2021 in Berks County: Possible help needed for horse stuck in a creek unable to get outJanuary 27th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: Assistance requested by PA State Police and Westmoreland HPO for overnight fostering of one dog, and transpo...January 23rd, 2021 in Somerset County: PSP requested CART assistance with three horses loose at Burger King on Glades Pike.