For Animal Owners

If you own an animal, get to know the resources below so that you can be prepared to care for your pet during an evacuation or other emergency.

County Animal Response Team (CART) volunteers and county staff members should also be familiar with these resources so that they can help point families in the right direction.

General Information

Equine Owners 

Livestock Owners

Are you interested in volunteering with animals or learning more about how to keep them safe? View the list of all the existing CARTs and get in touch with yours.

Contact a County Animal Response Team

For Animal Response Organizations

The resources below give information on how to set up a CART or other animal response organization, keep it clean and safe for volunteers and animals alike, and organize it effectively.

Set-up & Supplies

Intake and Discharge Forms

Daily Care Forms & Logs

PPE & Cleaning

Caring for Rare Pets

For Emergency Managers

These resources will help Emergency Managers to understand the laws and regulations that are the foundation of the ESART and CART programs, draft MOUs and preparedness plans, and more.

If you are a County Emergency Manager and your county does not yet have a CART, find out how to start one.

LEARN More about creating a County animal response team

Programs to Know

The organizations and resources below will help anyone caring for an animal know how to be prepared for any disaster or emergency. 

New York State Resources

Emergency Shelter Resources

National Resources and Animal Response Organizations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed the Environmental Health Assessment Form for Disaster Shelters to assist environmental health practitioners in conducting a rapid assessment of shelter conditions during emergencies and disasters. The tool is an assessment form that covers 10 general areas of environmental health, ranging from basic food safety and water quality to pet (companion animal) wellness, and allows for the documentation of immediate needs in shelters. Users can easily modify the tool to meet local needs.