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Provide equipment, supplies, planning and training to animal response teams in Pennsylvania to address the needs of domestic animals in large scale disasters. Washington County Animal Response Team is the response team for our county.

Programs and Services

  • When disaster strikes you need to be ready. Emergencies come in many forms such as natural disasters (fire, flood, and tornado) or man-made disasters (gas well explosion, chemical accidents, or terrorist attacks). Animals can be in put in peril due to these situations and require immediate response and need temporary sheltering. Authorities may issue an evacuation which can last several hours, several days or even weeks. Each emergency requires different measures to keep your animals safe.
  • In 2009, a team of specially trained first responders based out of the North Strabane Fire Department started a Large Animal Response (LAR) team. Since then, the LAR team has grown into the WaCART which consists of a team of volunteers that train for disaster responses involving animals (both large and small animals). WaCART consists of first responders (fire personnel and EMT) and private citizens that work in various professions including safety, business, and marketing fields.
  • WaCART has responded to various disaster situations in which animals are in need of assistance including highway accidents, responses to horses stuck in mud and ice, livestock escaped on local roads, and setting up temporary shelters for dogs and cats. WaCART is fully equipped to respond to these large and small animal disaster situations with their two response trailers. These trailers contain technical equipment for large animal incidents and sheltering supplies for small animal responses.
  • Washington County Animal Response Team (WaCART) is a fully equipped response team. WaCART has a response vehicle that is completed equipped to respond to large and small animal incidents. The team also has three response trailers; a large animal response (LAR) equipped with technical lifting equipment, another fully equipped trailer located at the Midway FD, and a small animal response (SAR) trailer equipped with sheltering supplies. The team also has 65 crates that can be used for sheltering.
  • WaCART has responded to 42 incidents since 2019. These emergency responses have included horses down in a stall, field, and creek. Our small animal team has assisted with an injured hawk and a cat displaced due to a fire at a high rise apartment building. Donations to WaCART will assist the team in purchasing the latest response equipment and safety gear for team members. Funds through the Day of Giving will also be used to fund training for team members.

Primary Revenue Sources

Grants and Save Your Horse Safety Seminars

Primary Fundraising Event

WCCF Day of Giving

2020 Financials

Federal Tax ID20-2042482
Net Assets$351,739


Name:Mark DiNardo
Phone:(717) 651-2736
Address:1310 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

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