Animal Response Resources

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

  • Saving the Whole Family: Disaster Preparedness - The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed this booklet to help you avoid having to leave your animals stranded in the event of a disaster or an evacuation.
  • GoKit - This form helps pet owners to gather all of the information they need about their pets, and to help them remember to have enough supplies on hand for an emergency situation.
  • My Pet's Vital Information - Similar to the GoKit, this form will help pet owners be prepared.
  • ASPCA Pet Preparedness - This page provides simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster strikes.
  • American Red Cross Pet Disaster Preparedness - Learn how to prepare your pets for an emergency evacuation and help them recover afterward.
  • Pet-Friendly Hotel Finder - Find hotels that will let your pets spend the night.
  • Shelter Finder - Find local shelters near you.

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 CART

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.


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

Animals and COVID-19

At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.

Learn more


Coronavirus Information For Animal Response Organizations


CDC References

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.