Our vision is a prepared community ready to support animals during a disaster. When called upon by the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County officials, the CART team will respond by providing professional response and sheltering for the animals in our community. During the Black Forest Fire in 2013, our team worked tirelessly to shelter and care for 1,200 animals in need.
CART members are trained to perform companion animal and livestock sheltering operations during emergencies and disasters, including animal care and handling, health, documenting animal intake, and reuniting animals with their owners.
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.