Armstrong County Animal Response Team (ACART)
The Armstrong County Animal Response Team (ACART) was created to respond to emergencies and disasters involving animals when the event is beyond the capabilities of local shelters, organizations, or individuals. Our goal is to provide animal rescue, emergency sheltering, feeding, transportation, and animal care. ACART does NOT respond to animal welfare complaints, lost/found animals, or animals in need of new homes.
ACART is part of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART) which is a 501(c)(3) organization. PASART has teams in all of the counties in Pennsylvania and is funded by donations and grant funds.
We are looking for volunteers that have experience in large/small animal handling, veterinary, emergency response, and sheltering. Experience is not required to become an ACART volunteer. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join (age 16 with parental permission)
ACART is available 24/7 and may only be activated by the Armstrong County Emergency Management Agency (911 center). Upon activation, we will call appropriate ACART members, gather the necessary equipment/supplies and drive to the emergency scene to provide animal-related assistance. Activation could occur at any time or date.
PASART Volunteer Requirements
Volunteers are required to complete the following training to become a certified member/basic responder:
- SART Orientation (PASART video located on PASART website (www.pasart.us) under “About Us” tab)
- HazMat Awareness (IS-5.A)*
- Introduction to the Incident Command System (IS-100.b)*
- National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction (IS-700.a)*
- Animal Sheltering Training equivalent to 16 hours of classroom/field training
*These trainings are available online at www.pasart.us (Click on “training information” tab, then click on the “required training” tab). They are free and take approximately 1–3 hours each to complete. If you do not have access to the internet, paper copies are available upon request. Please provide ACART with a copy of the course completion certificate.
Volunteers must have a Pennsylvania State Police Background check. This criminal history check costs $10.00 and is a one-time requirement (https://epatch.state.pa.us/RecordCheckHome.jsp). Conviction of a felony or any animal abuse charges are reason for disqualification.
If you are interested in becoming an ACART volunteer, please register on-line at http://www.pasart.us or call
Jessica Schaub at the Armstrong Conservation District at 724-545-3628.