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Latest News: February 10, 2016. Frigid temperatures over the next several days. Please review our recommendations below.


Keep Pets Safe During Winter Weather

PASART recommends the following to protect pets during the winter months:


  • Never leave puppies, smaller dogs, older dogs or cats outdoors when the temperature falls below 40 degrees.

  • If your dog or cat stays outside much of the time in the winter be certain that they have a proper shelter raised several inches off the ground with a flap over the entry. Keep a fresh blanket, cedar shavings or straw to keep the pet warm. The shelter should be large enough so your pet can sit and stand, but small enough so his body heat will be retained in the house.

  • Use a plastic water bowl to ensure your pet’s tongue does not get stuck to cold metal, and change the water often to keep it from freezing.

  • Be sure to keep older or arthritic pets inside. Escort the older dog outside for toileting and use a leash if the yard has ice or snow. Older dogs can easily fall and seriously injure themselves.

  • Be alert for signs of frostbite and injury. Dogs’ ears, paws and tails are especially susceptible and if you suspect it contact your veterinarian. If your dog plays on ice or hard, frozen dirt, check his paws for cuts and always wipe his feet after a walk in the snow to remove ice balls and salt deposits.

  • Use only pet-safe ice melt.

  • Always be alert for signs of hypothermia such as shivering, lethargy, low heart rate and unresponsiveness.

  • Never leave your dog inside a parked car -- during the winter it can act as an icebox and trap cold air inside.


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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