The Pennsylvania State Senate has declared September 23-29, 2013 as Animal Disaster Preparedness Week. The resolution highlights the importance of preparedness and acknowledges the role of PASART in those efforts in the Commonwealth. Please click the following link to view the resolution.
2013 PA State Senate Resolution -Animal Disaster Preparedness Week
September is National Preparedness Month-Have you checked out all of the resources available to you for both Pet and Family Preparedness? Please visit other sections of our website for information on how you and your entire family can be better prepared.
August 24 ,2013
Carbon, Schuylkill and Lehigh Valley CARTs joined forces this weekend during a hands-on simulation drill. See the link below for an article describing the event.
2013 Farm Show
PASART is participating in the 2013 state Farm Show for the eighth consecutive year. The Show is one the largest annual agricultural expositions in the country and is in its 97th year. Volunteers from CARTs around the state are assisting with staffing our booth. Below is a picture of two of the volunteers at our booth, along with Copper, a certified therapy canine, and the companion of Dr. Nan Hanshaw, PASART Volunteer and former Chair of our Board of Directors.
Hurricane Sandy Animal Shelters
The Board of Directors of PASART extends its thanks and gratitude to all of the County Animal Response Team volunteers who assisted in operating temporary animal shelters as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The CARTs operated 25 shelters in 18 counties across the Commonwealth sheltering companion animals in need. Thanks again for your continuing efforts for animals in need of our assistance.
Latest News-July 2012
PASART Receives Award form PA Veterinary Medical Association
PASART has been notified by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) that is has been selected as one of PVMA's 2012 President Award recipients. Specifically, the award letter states "PASART was selected for this prestigious award for the crucial role it plays in disaster preparedness and response across the state for the Commonwealth's animals". The award will be presented to PASART at PVMA's Hall of Fame Dinner on August 17, 2012. Joel Hersh, PASART Executive Director, will accept the award on behalf of PASART and all the volunteers and Board members who have been integral to it's success.
On July 19th, PASART was contacted by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and was requested to provide assistance to the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement in Columbia County. Specifically, we were asked to assist with transportation and sheltering of approximately 200 dogs that were seized from a private residence in Columbia County. PASART mobilized its Columbia Montour CART which provided on scene assistance, including crates and a stock trailer to transport the dogs to Harrisburg and the Farm Show Complex. In Harrisburg, CART members from Dauphin and Perry Counties provided equipment and crates to receive the dogs. Volunteers from Perry CART staffed the temporary shelter overnight and through the afternoon of July 20th, until all of the dogs had been placed in animal shelters in a number of counties. Included below is a copy of an email received from Mike Pechart, Executive Deputy Secretary of the department of Agriculture.
"Joel and all CART/SART members: On behalf of Secretary Greig thank you all very much for all that you do to help PDA and animals during emergency situations. It was just shortly after we executed the search warrant that I called Joel, and it what seemed like just minutes the Dauphin and Perry SART was already over at the farm show setting up. I was thoroughly impressed. You were great people and great to work with. This was my first time EVER dealing with an animal emergency of this caliber. I learned a lot but the most important thing I learned was that I can depend on SART/CART to help me and PDA without worries. You are experts and your passion for animals and interest in helping is just awesome. Thank you all very much, and especially to those that remained all night and all day with no sleep."
Mike Pechart,PA Department of Agriculture
Latest News-June 2012
Lehigh Valley CART started a project to equip all fire companies in Lehigh and Northampton Countied with Pet Oxygen Masks. A recent fundraising event was held, with major sponsorship from the Nestle Company,to raise additional funds for this project. Please clink on the link below to read more about this event.
Butler CART has recieved word from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the “ASPCA”) that it has been awarded a grant. The award letter reads, in part:
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the “ASPCA”) is honored to award the Butler CART, part of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team,a grant for the purpose of Disaster Preparedness through Public Outreach and Education.
Click here to link to the ASPCA website: www.aspca.org
Please click any of the links below for more information on that topic:
Cindy, Jim, Dolce and Zucca
Stayin' Alive Video
CPR can save lives - but you need to be prepared to respond! Dolce and Zucca (with a little help from some friends) provide some critical information to help you know how to keep your friends (human or pet) alive!
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Zucca Earns Title Video
Dolce recently celebrated his 9th birthday and has been thinking about a career change, he is thinking about becoming a dog trainer. His first student, Zucca has already earned recognition with her tricks!
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Dolce is looking for the next trick challenge! ideas and suggestions welcome and inspiration will be given due credit!
Resolutions for the New Year
It is important to make some resolutions for the new year. Dolce finally got around to making a few - and being timely is one he still needs to work on!
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