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Summer 2017 Reminder


PASART Recommendations for protecting animals during extreme heat.


Heat stress is a significant health threat for animals, even in the shade, and is especially dangerous in a hot car.


Temperatures can become suffocating within a matter of minutes, leading to health problems and possible death. It is critically important to not leave your pets in the car during the summer months. It is also important to make sure your pets, livestock and other animals have access to shade and plenty of fresh, clean, cool water


Provide shade – move the animals to shaded areas if possible.

Monitor animals who are outside on a frequent basis, even when in a shaded area.

Provide water – as temperatures rise, animals need to consume more water

Spraying animals with water using a sprinkler that provides large droplets can also help them to keep cool.

Provide fans –air movement that can help lower humidity in areas where animals gather. Fans and water sprinklers work together for evaporative cooling to more quickly and effectively cool animals down.

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

Contact your veterinarian if your animal shows any signs of distress of if you have any concerns 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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