Downeast Dog News

Knox CART Meeting - Seeking Volunteers

Knox County Emergency Management Agency
301 Park St., Rockland
Nov 30, 2017
7:00 PM


In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are reminded how important emergency sheltering is not only to people, but to families and individuals with pets and service animals. According to the Humane Society of the United States, pets are found in nearly 65% of all homes in America. About two thirds of those pet owners would refuse to evacuate in an emergency without their pets. The Knox Community Animal Response Team or “Knox CART”, a volunteer team, is trained to set up a pet shelter at people shelters in the event of a disaster. The Knox County Emergency Management Agency is a sponsor for the team.

The Knox CART team compliments existing emergency facilities and services, while also providing emergency planning and information to area residents. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, federal officials learned that many Gulf Coast residents refused to evacuate without their pets, and those who did found “people shelters” unprepared or unwilling to accept pets. This prompted Congress to pass the “Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act”, or PETS Act for short. This act requires state and local emergency management officials to incorporate household pets and service animals into disaster preparedness plans and programs.

Team members receive U.S. Citizens Corps “Community Emergency Response Team” training and other specialty training including best practices from the Humane Society of the United States, United Animal Nation and other animal welfare organizations. Team members wear many hats and have many skill sets; we are seeking volunteers that have a desire to help the community during a time of need, excel at helping people and animals and enjoy working as part of a team!

The Knox County team reminds pet owners to call “211” in a disaster to locate the nearest Pet Friendly Shelter. It is important for pet owners to bring medicine, any special food, and any veterinary records with them to the shelter.

To learn how you can help, come to our next meeting on November 30th @ 7:00 PM at the Knox County Emergency Management Agency.

FMI call 594-5155.