County Animal Response Team
Montgomery County's Animal Response Team (CART) is an outreach and education program dedicated to helping people prepare themselves and their pets for emergencies.
During large-scale emergencies, CART volunteers may establish and operate an emergency pet shelter in conjunction with a human shelter. In Montgomery County, pet shelters will be located as close as possible to selected human shelters. Pet owners who are staying at the human shelter must visit and care for their pet during its stay at the pet shelter.
CART is operated through the cooperation of the Montgomery County OEMHS, the Montgomery County Police Department -Animal Services Division, the American Red Cross, the Montgomery County Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States, among others.
If you are interested in helping as a CART volunteer - and you have animal handling and disaster preparation / response experience - please contact CART@montgomerycountymd.gov. You can help with:
- Emergency animal sheltering;
- Outreach events;
- Educating the public through speeches and disseminating materials;
- Animal sheltering exercises and other training.
For more information on pet preparedness, visit our Pet Preparedness page.