Community Animal Response Team (CART)

HSPPR RescuesOur vision is a community prepared to support animals in a disaster.

CART provides professional preparedness response and recovery, resources and community education to ensure the health and welfare of animals before, during and after a disaster recovery.

Animal response issues, at their core, are people issues. Animals cannot be considered independently of response issues associated with human populations. Animal owners can put themselves and first responders at risk when they take risks in order to save their animals. A leading cause of evacuation failure in disasters is the inability for owners to evacuate their animals. Animal response issues exist anytime a disaster affects a community. Whether planned for or not, they must be addressed during a response.

The volunteers in this program stand ready, whenever called upon by City and County officials, to respond to the needs of animals in our community. During the Black Forest Fire, our team worked tirelessly, to evacuate, rescue and shelter 1200 animals in need. Members are trained to perform animal (pet and livestock) sheltering operations during emergencies and disasters. CART members are trained in animal handling and animal sheltering operations; documenting intake, providing care, and reuniting lost animals with their owners. HSPPR’s SORT director will be managing animal rescue and evacuation in emergencies and will look to the CART sheltering team to recruit members for SORT, based on the individual’s demonstrated abilities and the needs of the team. CART members can be trained for both teams. Volunteers must be willing to attend numerous training sessions and events to become a certified CART member. Most training is conducted during weekends and in the evenings.

CART needs trained volunteers who can help in an emergency.  Members commit to ongoing training to ensure they can respond quickly as a team during an event. Before starting with the Team, applicants will need to:

  1. Complete the following FEMA classes online
    a.    IS-100.b (Introduction to Incident Command)
    b.    IS-700.A (National Incident Management System, an Introduction)
  2. Send the certificates to Jane Povenmire at along with an email of introduction.
  3. Sign up with the state volunteer database.  We utilize this site in order to contact team members for deployment.
  4. Sign a liability and photo release.
  5. Attend Basic team member training. This includes a 6 hour Companion Animal Orientation and a two part Livestock Orientation. The classroom portion is at HSPPR (2hrs) and the hands-on portion is at a horse rescue in Calhan (4 hours).
  • Once you are a member you will be expected to attend periodic meetings, ongoing training and yearly exercises in order to remain prepared for deployment.  We strongly recommend that all members gain first-hand experience in animal care and handling by volunteering at a local animal shelter, equestrian center or boarding facility.


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