Community Animal Response Team (CART)

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.

Requirements for Becoming a Certified CART Member

  1. Volunteers must be 18 years old to volunteer with CART.
  2. Submit a volunteer application.
  3. Pay a one-time fee of $20 per adult. This offsets the cost of your criminal background check and name tag. Please understand your volunteer fee is non-refundable and will be considered a contribution to the shelter should you decide to forego volunteering as part of the CART team.

    HSPPR does not accept volunteers with a criminal record in relation to (1) any felony, (2) sexual or violent crimes, (3) theft-related crimes, or (4) animal neglect or cruelty within the last seven years. HSPPR requires all persons applying as a volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer.
  4. Attend a team orientation and training. Once you have completed the above steps, you will receive further instruction. The team orientation and training includes a companion animal orientation, livestock orientation, and review of our CART standard operating procedures.
  5. Complete the following FEMA classes online:

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

IS-100.b (Introduction to Incident Command)

Once your FEMA certifications are completed, please send copies of the certificates to our CART coordinator at [email protected]