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.

Must be at least 18 years old

Due to the nature of the volunteer work, we are unable to allow children to volunteer.

Complete an application

There's a one-time non-refundable fee of $20 per volunteer. This helps offset the cost of your criminal background check, t-shirt, and name tag.

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

Attend orientation

You'll receive information on team orientation and training once your application is approved. Training includes a companion animal orientation, livestock orientation, and review of our CART standard operating procedures.

Complete the following FEMA classes online

IS-700.B (National Incident Management System, an Introduction)

IS-100.C (Introduction to Incident Command)

Please send copies of your completed certifications to: [email protected]