2/16/2017 - Volunteers Sought for Somerset County Animal Response Team

Volunteers Sought for County Animal Response Team

The Next Meeting is Scheduled for Feb. 28

During natural disasters, pets and animals sometimes get separated from their homes and need to be placed in temporary shelters.  The Somerset County Animal Response Team (CART) is seeking volunteers to help set up shelters and take care of animals in emergency situations.

“Natural disasters are already stressful situations for people. But they can be even more so if a family pet gets lost or needs to be placed in a separate shelter area,” said Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison. “We rely on the assistance of CART volunteers to take good care of these animals until they can be returned home.”

Applications and eligibility requirements for CART membership can be found on the Somerset County website at  Volunteers meet monthly, participate in training modules and run through practice drills so they know what to do when their services are needed.  Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, located at 402 Roycefield Road.

Training modules include the following:

January 31                  Regular Meeting and Personal Safety Training

February 28                 Aggressive Canine Behavior and Safe Handling Training

March 28                     Regular Meeting and Animal Triage

April 25                        Feline Behavior and Handling training

May 30                         Regular Meeting and Zoonotic Diseases

June 27                       Temporary Animal Shelter Set Up

July 25                         Regular Meeting and Shelter Forms

August 29                    Canine First Aid and CPR

September 26             Regular Meeting and after drill hot wash

October 24                  Sanitation and Cage cleaning

November 28              Regular Meeting and CART Electronic Equipment

December                   No Meeting

*Training dates are subject to change in the event of inclement weather.*

Informational brochures, including “Pet Disaster Guide: Be Prepared to Take Your Pet with You,” and other resources can be found on the CART website at:

For more information, contact the Somerset County Animal Response Team at or (908) 725-5070.

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