County Animal Response Team


The Cowley County Animal Response Team (CART) is a non-profit disaster response team that focuses on the care of animals before, during and after disasters. We are a resource for Emergency Management, with services ranging from public service announcements to establishing temporary animal shelters to care forpets during disasters.





Our vision is a community that is prepared to support animals in a disaster.



To coordinate, educate and train volunteers to prepare for and respond to any local, area, natural and manmade disasters. When activated, we will provide temporary care and shelter for any impacted animals, thus reducing public health hazards and expediting the evacuation of animal owner.

In today’s world, we all worry about the threat of a natural or manmade disaster. Animals are especially vulnerable when a disaster strikes because they must rely on us for help. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd claimed the lives of millions of animals in North Carolina and thousands more were separated from their owners. Many of these animals could have been saved by a coordinated response plan. From this tragedy, the State Animal Response Team (SART) concept was born.




Pet Go-Kit Guidelines:

  • Food and Water
    • Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.
    • Keep at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to the water you need for yourself and your family.
    • Pack their food and water dishes
  • Medicines and Medical Records
    • Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.
    • List the names and contact information for your pet’s veterinarian.
    • Talk with your veterinarian about permanent identification for your pet such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. If you pet has a form of permanent identification, include the recovery service’s name and contact information in your kit.
    • Keep up-to-date copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container in your kit.
  • Collar with ID Tag, Harness or Leash
    • Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit.
  • First Aid Kit
    • Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs.
    • Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls; tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves; isopropyl alcohol; and saline solution.
    • Include a pet first aid reference book.
  • Crate or Other Pet Carrier
    • If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation, take your pets and animal with you provided that it is practical to do so. In many cases, your ability to do so will be aided by having a sturdy, safe and comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet.
    • The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down.
  • Sanitation
    • Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs.
    • You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach).
    • In an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water.
    • Note, if using bleach as disinfectant or to purify water, do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Familiar Items
    • Put favorite toys, treats, or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.
  • A List of Contacts
    • Prepare a list of neighbors, friends or family that may be willing to provide pet “foster care” if your pet can’t go with you to a shelter.
    • Find a safe place ahead of time by preparing a list of pet boarding services, or hotels and motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Picture of You and Your Pet Together
    • If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer CART member for Cowley County and the South Central Animal Response Team? If so, please do one of the following:

1. Call the Emergency Management Office at (620) 221-0470
2. Send an email to requesting information
3. Fill out the CART Application and submit via the email address in #2
4. Fill out the South Central Animal Response Team Volunteer Form 


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No previous experience working with animals is necessary. You only need to have the passion and desire to help animals in time of need.

To get a comprehensive list of Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kit, click here.

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