Community Animal Response Team (CART)

There in a time of need

It’s not if, but when. The animals in our community are counting on us to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Because we’re experts in animal welfare, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the official designated agency to provide animal response when disaster strikes in the communities we serve – whether fire, flooding, hoarding situations, or other natural or manmade disasters.

Our CART volunteers are trained to perform companion animal and livestock sheltering operations during emergency situations and disasters, including animal care and handling, health, documenting animal intake, and reuniting animals with their owners.

Community Animal Response Team Disaster Trailer

Requirements for joining CART

CART members are expected to attend monthly meetings, participate in required ongoing training, and take part in annual exercises to remain prepared for deployment. We strongly recommend all members gain first-hand experience in animal care and handling by volunteering at a local animal shelter, equestrian center, or boarding facility.

1

Attend an info night

RSVP for an info night at our Colorado Springs shelter to see if it’s a good fit for you! Due to the nature of the volunteer work, CART volunteers must be 18 years or older.

2

Make it official

Submit a volunteer application, complete the background check, and pay the volunteer fee for your t-shirt, name tag, and training materials.

Individuals with past convictions of (1) any felony, (2) sexual or violent crimes (3) theft-related crimes or (4) neglect or cruelty within the last 7 years will not be accepted.

3

Ready, set, go!

Complete the volunteer orientation and safe animal handling training. Complete the following FEMA classes online: IS-700.B (National Incident Management System, an Introduction and IS-100.C (Introduction to Incident Command)

Email FEMA certificates of completion to [email protected]