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".

Operating as usual

04/20/2021
Woman flown to burn center after RV blast, official says

Amazing work from the Schuylkill County Animal Response Team!

Authorities say a Virginia woman was flown to a burn center after an explosion in a recreational vehicle that blew one of her two dogs through the front windshield at a state park in eastern Pennsylvania over the weekend

Awesome what our teams can do when they have such community support!
03/10/2021

Awesome what our teams can do when they have such community support!

These two lovely male kitties are recent temporary CART client fosters that we took in to assist the Red Cross. The client was displaced due to structural damage to their apartment building. They will be getting updated vaccinations and neutered, then returned to their owner, thanks to the donations that come into our local change jars. These donations allow us to occasionally assist our clients like this when we are financially able to.

Somerset County Department of Emergency Services
03/06/2021

Somerset County Department of Emergency Services

Check out our latest issue of our Departmental Newsletter, the Public Safety Expressor! Our Spring 2021 issue is packed full of great content that you won’t want to miss out on!

Click the link below to read!

http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/files/ema_files/SCDESnewsletterSpring2021.pdf

Delaware County Animal Response Team
03/03/2021

Delaware County Animal Response Team

Today DelCART was able to provide almost 30 clients of Murphy's Giving Market with dog and cat food for more than 60 pets, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities through Pennsylvania Animal Response Team.

Unbelievably excited to launch our first ever emergency response for animals course, many thanks to our collaborator Gar...
02/27/2021

Unbelievably excited to launch our first ever emergency response for animals course, many thanks to our collaborator Garret Rain for kicking off our morning of intro to ICS! Many thanks to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force for making it possible!

Many thanks to Delaware County Animal Response Team and PetSmart Charities for making this community support possible!
02/25/2021

Many thanks to Delaware County Animal Response Team and PetSmart Charities for making this community support possible!

DelCART was able to provide some much needed pet food to clients of Murphy's Giving Market this week, thanks to Pennsylvania Animal Response Team and a generous grant from PetSmart Charities. Check out Murphy's page to find out more about all the good they are doing for the community!

Great reminder! A snow day is an excellent time to get prepared.
02/18/2021

Great reminder! A snow day is an excellent time to get prepared.

As we watch events unfold in Texas, I am reminded how important it is for us to prepare ahead of time to be self-sufficient for 3-5 days and/or be able to make an evacuation with our animals to a safer situation. We all need food, water and basic shelter. Its not very difficult to make a disaster kit for ourselves and our pets.
https://www.ready.gov/
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness
Although loss of power is most associated with weather events, our power grids are vulnerable to going down with other calamities as well. Would you be able to drain your water system to protected it in a prolonged power outage? Can you store potable water in an emergency? How will you keep warm? Are your batteries and power banks charged up? Do you have fuel for a generator?

Preparing for a disaster during the disaster is too late.
Empower yourself and prep ahead of time.

Heads up!
02/15/2021

Heads up!

The second round of precipitation, which will be heavier than earlier today, is on its way.

02/12/2021

Another incredible rescue by our teams! Way to go Elk-McKean County Animal Response Team!

Great work Luzerne County Animal Response Team!
02/11/2021

Great work Luzerne County Animal Response Team!

On Sunday, January 31, 2021 we were called to assist a dog that was in a serious car accident on 81 in Hazle Township at Mile Marker 143 Northbound. There were accidents all over that day with the snow and treacherous road conditions.

Mary and Jeff drove to the accident scene in deplorable road conditions to help the dog. After a very long night and a 4.5 hour start to finish rescue call of problem solving and managing chaos, we were able to get Midnight to safety.

Mary and Jeff drove Midnight to Lisa's house to foster while Midnight's parents went to the hospital for treatment. Lisa fostered Midnight until Friday, February 5 when he was reunited with his mom that was released from the hospital.

We would like to thank Mary and Jeff for driving to get Midnight and dropping him off at Lisa's house to foster. A very special thank you to Lisa for fostering for the week which was longer than we initially expected. Thank you all for stepping up to help this dog and family in need.

Thank you to the PSP at Hazleton, Kelly and the 911 center for your assistance. Thank you to ALL the first responders from multiple companies that responded to this accident scene. I'm sure quick action and thinking played a huge part in the positive outcome of this horrible accident which could of been much worse.

I'm happy to report that last week Midnight's mom was released from the hospital with only minor injuries and dad will be home soon as well. We are very grateful that Midnight was seatbelted in during the accident and was uninjured.

Midnight did have transformer fluid on him from the accident. We consulted with an expert in the transformer field that identified the type of transformer fluid for us as we wanted to make sure it wasn't the highly toxic fluid in the old transformers. Thankfully, it wasn't as the flatbed was carrying newer transformers. Thank you Brad for your expertise. Midnight was given a tubby to remove all the transformer fluid on him.

Below is Midnight being reunited with his mom last Friday. They were incredibly happy to see each other. Moments like this is what we are all about, assisting animals in emergencies.

Oh goody, snow! Keep your pets inside PA!
01/30/2021

Oh goody, snow! Keep your pets inside PA!

Here is a look at estimated start and stop times of snowfall across the region for the upcoming region, with the highest impacts expected from late Saturday to late Sunday.

Please continue to stay tuned as we continue to update forecasts with the latest information.

Washington CART showing off their new response vehicle!
01/14/2021
Washington CART gets rescue vehicle

Washington CART showing off their new response vehicle!

The Washington County Animal Response Team (CART) has responded to animal emergency calls with two trailers for the past 12 years. This year, they’re finally getting a rescue truck, thanks

Spectacular work Washington CART! Thanks for the shout out Caustelot Farms!
01/08/2021

Spectacular work Washington CART! Thanks for the shout out Caustelot Farms!

Today there was a situation at the barn where a large draft horse, all 2200 lbs of him, was stuck down in his stall and could not get up. Ali called the WaCART for help, and boy were they impressive. They were like a well oiled machine and worked so in sync with each other. With team work we managed to get him out of his stall and up. He is doing good, just sore. I would like to thank everyone who helped today WaCART, Dr.Eric with Cannon Hill, and all by standards. This is a great organization that operates with volunteers and donations. They are for all animals if you are ever in a blind, just call 911. If you are looking to make a donation they are a great organization to do so.
https://paanimalresponse.org/donate/

01/03/2021
Luzerne County Animal Response Team

The Luzerne pet pantry served their community again today. Thanks for all you do Luzerne County Animal Response Team!

Our pet pantry IS open for those that registered!! The weather should be clearing out by 10 am or sooner. It is actually clearing out now. :) There is a very light dusting of snow currently. We are ready if anyone wants to come early. Please pull around to the back of the church.

Look for the orange cones and signage at the entrance of the Church and follow the cones to pull around back.

Please wear your mask, stay in your car and pop your trunk.

A little Northeastern, Pennsylvania weather isn't going to stop us. ;)

Have you renewed your dog’s license?
12/23/2020

Have you renewed your dog’s license?

Get your pup what they really want this year: the safety and security of an up-to-date dog license.

🎁 2021 dog licenses are available now.

https://buff.ly/33QXBiX

#LoveYourDogLicenseYourDog

Update! We are purchasing security cameras for the site, thank you for your donations! We are very sad to announce that ...
12/18/2020
Thousands of dollars worth of pet items stolen from Luzerne County Animal Response Team

Update! We are purchasing security cameras for the site, thank you for your donations!

We are very sad to announce that our storage unit full of pet supplies for families in need from the Luzerne County Animal Response Team was robbed. We are working with the police and our wonderful State Farm agent to recover the loss and we hope that despite the circumstance, the supplies went to someone in need. Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out and donated to supply replacements!

Thousands of dollars worth of cat food, dog foot, treats, and litter gone from a building in Kingston. It's the nightmare that the Luzerne County Animal Response Team never expected to happen. "We aren't sure if they made several trips or stole everything at once. The theft occurred between December...

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.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2Hk8Lon

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!

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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...

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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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while the lift itself was successful, the horse was euthanized due to unknown injury/health reason.
PLEASE HELP THIS DOG that may have already passed away!
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