Pennsylvania Animal Response Team

Pennsylvania Animal Response Team Providing prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery for animal emegrencies The Pennsylvania Animal Response Team is modeled after a similar effort undertaken in North Carolina.
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It was founded after Hurricane Floyd, during which more than 3 million domestic and farm animals were lost. Many could have been saved by a coordinated emergency response plan. PART is based on the principals of the Incident Command System developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and involves a coordinated effort of government, corporate and animal organizations. Our structure is organized on the grassroots level with County Animal Response Teams (CART). CARTs include local professionals, community leaders and concerned citizens. To find out more about the CART in your area, go to "County Information".

It was founded after Hurricane Floyd, during which more than 3 million domestic and farm animals were lost. Many could have been saved by a coordinated emergency response plan. PART is based on the principals of the Incident Command System developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and involves a coordinated effort of government, corporate and animal organizations. Our structure is organized on the grassroots level with County Animal Response Teams (CART). CARTs include local professionals, community leaders and concerned citizens. To find out more about the CART in your area, go to "County Information".

Mission: Overall objective: Each county or community will effectively develop and maintain a communication, planning, and response network including local animal professionals, emergency response agencies, humane organizations, animal industry, local business community, and volunteers. This network will work in cooperation with local emergency management to develop an integrated animal emergency annex to the local emergency operations plan, and deploy through appropriate incident command pathways.

Operating as usual

The first case of Covid 19 in a pet has been confirmed, here is guidance from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture!
10/21/2020

The first case of Covid 19 in a pet has been confirmed, here is guidance from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture!

A handful of pets around the nation, including one in Pennsylvania, have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Whether you’ve got a cold, the flu, or COVID-19, it’s important to take steps to keep your animal companions safe. Symptoms of COVID-19 in pets include fever, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, lethargy, sneezing, nose or eye discharge, vomiting, or diarrhea. If your pet exhibits symptoms after contact with a person positive for COVID-19, contact your private veterinarian.

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Great work all!
10/15/2020

Great work all!

Our team was recently contacted to assist our local animal control to help wrangle this little guy and transport him to a safe and permanent new home, since his owner abandoned him, and he had been running alone and scared for about a week.

Every day, Pennsylvania dog wardens are watching out for thousands of furry friends. From returning stray dogs to their ...
09/14/2020

Every day, Pennsylvania dog wardens are watching out for thousands of furry friends. From returning stray dogs to their owners, to inspecting the kennels where many dogs start their lives and the shelters where many dogs wait patiently for their forever homes, the Bureau of Dog Law is committed to keeping dogs safe.

Contact your legislators about House Bill 1504 and Senate Bill 663. Help Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law to continue this vital work.

Great work Somerset County Animal Response Team - CART!
09/08/2020

Great work Somerset County Animal Response Team - CART!

Somerset CART was dispatched by 911 to pick up two injured dogs in the past week. Here is the story on the first one:
This turned out to be a dog that had been reported lost to Lost & Found Pets of Somerset County on 9/1/20. He was newly adopted and escaped as soon as he got home. He was hit by a car the next morning and someone called 911 to report an injured dog was lying in their yard. CART was dispatched, but unfortunately, he was gone when we arrived. We spent the next 5 days setting up feeding stations, putting up neon signs, and following up on sightings. We were preparing to set a trap on Saturday when we got a call that someone had been able to contain him. One of our CART members picked him up and returned him to his owner. We have followed up and provided a martingale collar and slipleash for him so there are no escapes. He is doing well.

08/24/2020
Luzerne County Animal Response Team

Heads up Luzerne County and Surrounding Areas!

We are getting hit with the second round of a severe storm. Reports of roads flooded, heavy rain, hail, strong thunder, powerlines down, trees down, buildings ripped apart, power outrages and people trapped in flooded cars.

Please keep your pets inside and move livestock to barns or a safe area. As a reminder please do NOT drive through flooded roads.

Stay safe everyone.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Flood Advisory issued August 24 at 3:02PM EDT until August 24 at 6:00PM EDT by NWS Binghamton NY

Areas Affected: Luzerne, PA

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a

* Flood Advisory for...
Northern Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania...

* Until 600 PM EDT.

* At 301 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area. Over one inch of rain has already fallen.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Wilkes-Barre, Muhlenberg, Kingston, Nanticoke, Plains, Old Forge, Pittston, Plymouth, Moosic and Exeter.

Great work Somerset County Animal Response Team - CART helping this goat at Hidden Valley Resort!
08/21/2020

Great work Somerset County Animal Response Team - CART helping this goat at Hidden Valley Resort!

Last week Somerset CART was called for assistance with a goat found at Hidden Valley Resort that had been on the loose for several weeks. A resort guest turned out to be a goat whisperer and was able to secure her. One of our team members has been fostering her while we looked for her owner. If anyone has information on this goat, proof of ownership will be required. If no owner is found, she has a wonderful new home.

Philadelphia friends! Our partners at Red Paw are once again leading the way. Organizations like ours that provide emerg...
08/09/2020
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Philadelphia friends! Our partners at Red Paw are once again leading the way. Organizations like ours that provide emergency services for animals struggle to function as nonprofits. We provide a government function and need the support and stability of government funding. It’s time our governments step up and realize that animal services are human services! Please share the petition below!

Tell the City Red Paw's Services are Important to its Residents

Anybody missing a rooster?
07/24/2020

Anybody missing a rooster?

We were able to assist the McKeesport Police in Allegheny County today by helping to remove a wayward rooster that had wandered into the neighborhood. He’s actually a younger male that appears to be people friendly. We have temporarily called him Eddie. He is now currently at one of our CART members’ farm living the good life. If he is your rooster please private message us as soon as possible.The police said nobody in that area had claimed him in almost 2 weeks.

Attention Montgomery County, PA! Senator Katie Muth and Montgomery County Animal Response Team, Montgomery County Depart...
06/13/2020

Attention Montgomery County, PA! Senator Katie Muth and Montgomery County Animal Response Team, Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, and MontCo Anti-Hunger Network are looking for your pet food donations!

For the next two Thursdays (June 4th and 11th) our community food distributions will be held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Visit MontCoAntiHunger.org for details.

We love our fire departments! Thanks South Greensburg VFD!
06/11/2020
South Greensburg firefighters, public works crew rescue 8 ducklings from storm drain

We love our fire departments! Thanks South Greensburg VFD!

South Greensburg public work department workers and volunteer firefighters teamed up Wednesday morning to rescue eight baby ducks that had fallen into a storm drain, according to borough resident Dave Todaro. “I guess the mother duck was flying from rooftop to rooftop upset that her babies had fal...

Action alert! Pet food available to those in need in Mercer County!
06/09/2020
Mass food distribution on Tuesday at Hickory High School

Action alert! Pet food available to those in need in Mercer County!

The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County will be holding a drive-thru food distribution for anyone needing food assistance in the county during the pandemic.

Update on one of our rescues!
06/08/2020
Only surviving calf from turnpike crash heads to Beaver County rescue ranch

Update on one of our rescues!

It’s a good thing cows can’t speak English. If they did, Ribeye the calf might be a lot more worried about his future. But the three-month-old Holstein — one of 134 bull calves involved in a March 3 truck crash on the turnpike — has no such worries, after undergoing

Heads up Luzerne, here’s a great opportunity to support Luzerne County Animal Response Team! Please share with all your ...
06/04/2020
Support Luzerne County Animal Response Team in #NEPAGives! | NEPA Gives

Heads up Luzerne, here’s a great opportunity to support Luzerne County Animal Response Team! Please share with all your Luzerne County friends!

I’m ready to support Luzerne County Animal Response Team on June 5, 2020 during NEPA Gives. Learn more about Luzerne County Animal Response Team and all the other organizations participating in #NEPAGives.

Our volunteers are the absolute soul of this organization and we are so glad for this opportunity to recognize one of th...
06/02/2020
McCoy using skills to help emergency services

Our volunteers are the absolute soul of this organization and we are so glad for this opportunity to recognize one of them! Congratulations Sharlene on being recognized by The Daily American!

For about a year, Sharlene McCoy was part of the search and rescue group in Washington. During that time she went on three search and rescue events, sometimes helping with

Great work to all our Bucks County partners!
05/29/2020

Great work to all our Bucks County partners!

Happy to working with our community partners and friends at Bucks County Emergency Management, Bucks County Opportunity Council, Bucks County SPCA, Bucks County Animal Response Team, Women's Animal Center, Warminster Animal Control, Bensalem Animal Control, Sam's Hope, and the Bridge Clinic to pet food donations to families struggling to feed pets due to Covid.

Because of YOU Animal Lifeline was able to purchase $10,000 worth of pet food from thrift store proceeds to help this important project and work together to keep families together! If you need help please contact one of the organizations listed and we will direct you to the closest participating food bank and or drive through pick up location.

Special thanks to the Willow Grove Squadron 902 Civil Air Patrol for their help at the Warminster Community Park distribution this week! Thank you as well to Purina, Science Diet, Humane PA, Pet Valu and GreaterGood.org for helping to donate critically needed supplies!

Thanks Martino's Auto Center for supporting Bucks County Animal Response Team and Bucks County SPCA in making sure pets ...
05/20/2020

Thanks Martino's Auto Center for supporting Bucks County Animal Response Team and Bucks County SPCA in making sure pets get fed in this crisis!

Thanks to Martino's Auto Center in Doylestown for supporting our pet feeding efforts in Bucks County. We will be sure to deliver this pet food to families in need Bucks County SPCA Bucks County Animal Response Team

Thank you New Stanton Volunteer Fire Department and Wildlife Works Inc. for helping Westmoreland / Fayette / Allegheny C...
05/20/2020

Thank you New Stanton Volunteer Fire Department and Wildlife Works Inc. for helping Westmoreland / Fayette / Allegheny County Animal Response Team rescue these adorable ducklings!

We would like to thank the New Stanton Fire Department, as well as some of the local residents near the Cracker Barrel in New Stanton for helping to rescue five baby ducklings from a storm drain today. Our CART members happened along the scene and helped to deliver them to the Wildlife Works in Youngwood- who took them in, since there was no momma duck around to take care of the little ones. Please support your local non-profits who help to take care of the little wildlings when called.

05/18/2020
Mercer County Animal Response Team

This is what we do...

UPDATE:

Taos and Karma the 2 Dobermans being Fostered/Sheltered as a result of this incident have been re-united with their owner as of supper time today. All were very excited and happy. Please support all the organizations that made this event successful.

05-17-2020
Mercer CART was dispatched to South Pymatuning Twp, Sharpsville to assist at a residence fire with injury to owner. 2 uninjured dogs needed fostering until owner recovers. Transport the 2 Dobermans to our shelter location. Speedy recovery.

Thanks so much Centre Foundation for your incredible support of our Centre CART team over the years!
05/14/2020

Thanks so much Centre Foundation for your incredible support of our Centre CART team over the years!

Congratulations to the following organizations for winning a $250 Last Chance Prize:

Howard Fire Company
State College Choral Society
The Music Academy
Centre County Animal Response Team (Pennsylvania Animal Response Team)
Centre Region Down Syndrome Society
The Bestwick Foundation
State College Friends School
St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, State College, PA
Mount Nittany Health Foundation
Taproot Kitchen
Centre Helps
Alzheimer's Association- Greater PA Chapter
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
Nittany Valley Figure Skating Club
The Arc of Centre County

The Last Chance Prize winners were selected by a random drawing of all organizations that had at least 10 unique donors, but had not yet won a prize during Centre Gives on May 12 or 13.

Thank you to everyone who gave during #CentreGives 2020! What an incredible 36 hours!

05/12/2020
Bucks County District Attorney's Office

Amazing thank you so much Bucks County District Attorney's Office!

DA Matt Weintraub talks with Michelle Grundahl from Bucks County Animal Response Team (BCART) about ways the organization is helping pet owners through the COVID-19 pandemic, what pet owners can do to keep their pets safe and how you can help BCART help those in need. For more information email [email protected]

Great word getting the word out on supporting pets through the pandemic SPCA of Luzerne County and Luzerne CART!
05/02/2020
Supporting animal shelters during COVID

Great word getting the word out on supporting pets through the pandemic SPCA of Luzerne County and Luzerne CART!

There is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact on our community, which includes our local animal shelter. While animal welfare organizations continue to close or limit hours of operation, you may wonder. ‘what is in store next?’ During times o

More than 25 tons of pet food have been distributed with our partners at Humane Pennsylvania to eastern PA!
04/26/2020
Spike’s Pet Pantry Has Distributed Over 25 Tons of Pet Food Since March

More than 25 tons of pet food have been distributed with our partners at Humane Pennsylvania to eastern PA!

Humane Pennsylvania’s Spike Pet Pantry has become a vital pet food resource for our community members facing financial hardships during the pandemic. Since the beginning of the social distancing protocols and non-essential business closing, Humane Pennsylvania’s Spike’s Pet Pantry has distribu...

04/23/2020

Holy cannoli we passed 2,000 likes! Thanks so much for all the love!

Thank you York Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 627 IAFF for taking the time not only to save the ducklings,...
04/19/2020

Thank you York Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 627 IAFF for taking the time not only to save the ducklings, but reunite them! I think we all needed this today.

Concerned Citizens notified County Control that a duckling was trapped in the storm water drain. Firefighters removed the covering and could hear the ducklings but couldn't see them. Crews went to the next storm drain removed the cover lowered a shovel as Engine 99-1 pumped water into the first storm drain which caused the ducklings to swim to the one with the shovel. Crews removed the duckling with a shovel than noticed there was another one. Firefighter Calvert with his gloves on held the first one as crews scooped up the second. By than the Mother and her ducklings left. We found her on the bank of the creek. Firefighters walked the two ducklings down to the mother and reunited the family. Here's a couple of photos.

Great work Westmoreland / Fayette / Allegheny County Animal Response Team and City of Latrobe Police Dept. on getting su...
04/18/2020
Idled restaurant, salon workers get helping hand from Latrobe food donors

Great work Westmoreland / Fayette / Allegheny County Animal Response Team and City of Latrobe Police Dept. on getting supplies to people in need!

The city of Latrobe and its police department have joined forces with Latrobe-headquartered Robindale Energy, other businesses and families to provide much-needed food and household essentials to residents who are out of work because of coronavirus-related business restrictions. The food and supplie...

Our friends at Brandywine Valley SPCA are hosting a pet food pantry drive through, please spread the word and let Cheste...
04/16/2020

Our friends at Brandywine Valley SPCA are hosting a pet food pantry drive through, please spread the word and let Chester County Animal Response Team and Delaware County Animal Response Teamknow if you have any additional needs!

Great work getting the news out about how to prepare for pets Mercer County Animal Response Team!
04/15/2020
Animal response team talks pets and virus

Great work getting the news out about how to prepare for pets Mercer County Animal Response Team!

Some pet owners are wondering what precautions they need to consider when it comes to how COVID-19 could affect their animals.

Grants may be available to cover boarding costs for those affected by Covid 19. Please get the word out to those in need...
04/08/2020
Emergency Boarding Grants - RedRover

Grants may be available to cover boarding costs for those affected by Covid 19. Please get the word out to those in need!

RedRover is greatly concerned for people and animals during this COVID-19 crisis. Here are some resources for ensuring the health and safety of your pet(s) during the novel coronavirus pandemic. We will update as more information and resources become available.

A tiger has tested positive for Covid-19 and there are some scattered reports of domestic cats showing signs of exposure...
04/07/2020
A Tiger Is Slightly Sick With the Coronavirus. Your Cats Are Probably OK.

A tiger has tested positive for Covid-19 and there are some scattered reports of domestic cats showing signs of exposure, however, millions or households with cats have been sickened and there’s no evidence yet that people are getting it from their pets or that their pets are as susceptible to the virus as humans. So stay safe, cuddle your fur babies just as you would any other family member and stay away from everyone else’s (people who just have to pet everything, we’re looking at you!)

Scientists are still trying to understand which animals may be susceptible to the new coronavirus. Much is unknown, but there’s no evidence so far that pets can spread the virus to people.

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Pennsylvania Animal Response Team Supporting people by saving their animals in times of emergency In today’s world, we all worry about the threat of a natural or man-made disaster. Animals are especially vulnerable when a disaster strikes because they must rely on us for help. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd claimed the lives of millions of animals in North Carolina and thousands more were separated from their owners. Many of these animals could have been saved by a coordinated response plan. From this tragedy, the State Animal Response Team (SART) concept was born. In 2004, Pennsylvania adopted this concept to address its animal-related disaster response needs. About PART The Pennsylvania Animal Response Team (PART) was created through a private-public partnership to serve as a unifying network of organizations, businesses, federal, state, county and local government agencies, and individuals that supports the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for emergencies affecting animals. Because disaster response needs to happen at a local level, PART builds County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) across the state. County coordinators are selected to lead the development of county teams consisting of volunteers who will respond to emergencies at the local level. Goals of PART - To facilitate a rapid, coordinated, and effective response to any emergency affecting animals; - To decrease the health and safety threat to humans and animals; - To minimize the economic impact of emergencies affecting animals; and - To prevent or decrease the spread of disease during emergencies affecting animals.


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PLEASE HELP THIS DOG that may have already passed away!
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