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Although the weather forecast appears to have moderated after the extreme heat and humidity in July, we want to remind you that the summer is not over and that heat related illness for domestic animals remains a concern.We are repeating below some tips for helping your animals, both companion and livestock, to not have any heat related health problems. Remember, your animals can't act on these recommentations themselves. THEY NEED YOU!

PASART Recommendations for protecting animals during extreme heat.


Keeping animals safe from the heat …

  • Keep your pets indoors as much as possible.

  • Never leave your pet in the car. Even when it’s only 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes. Leaving the windows partially rolled down won’t do the trick.

  • Be sure your animals have plenty access to water.

  • If you have to leave your animals outside in the heat, be sure they have a shady, cool place to go.

  • Watch out for heat stroke. Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include: collapse, body temperature 104° F or above, bloody diarrhea or vomit, depression stupor, seizures or coma, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, or salivation.

  • Be careful of hot streets and sidewalks. Test with your hand, if it is too hot your hand, it is too hot for your animal.

  • Avoid strenuous exercise with your animal on extremely hot days, and do not exercise during the intense,midday heat. If you do exercise, provide extra water for your animal during period of activity.

  • Extreme temperatures impacts your animals just like they impact you.

  • Take dogs for early morning or late-evening walks, when temperatures are cooler.

  • Contact your veterinarian if you animal shows any signs of distress or you have any questions about their health.


In today’s world, we all worry about the threat of a natural or man-made 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. In 2004, Pennsylvania adopted this concept to address its animal-related disaster response needs.


The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART) was created through a private-public partnership to serve as a unifying network of organizations, businesses, federal, state, county and local government agencies, and individuals that supports the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for emergencies affecting animals. Because disaster response needs to happen at a local level, PASART builds County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) across the state. County coordinators are selected to lead the development of county teams consisting of volunteers who will respond to emergencies at the local level.

If you have a domestic animal emergency, please call 911 to ask for the CART to be deployed. PASART does not respond to wildlife issues. Please direct those calls to the PA Game Commission.

Goals of PASART

 - To facilitate a rapid, coordinated, and effective response to any emergency affecting animals;
 - To decrease the health and safety threat to humans and animals;
 - To minimize the economic impact of emergencies affecting animals; and
 - To prevent or decrease the spread of disease during emergencies affecting animals.

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