Hurricane Katrina brought to the forefront the issue that pets are family and evacuees would not relocate if they had to leave their pets behind. As a result many residents perished. This and similar events identified the need to establish programs to teach pet owners how to better prepare themselves, and their pets, for evacuation during emergency situations. These events also identified the need for human evacuation shelters to provide accommodations to pets of evacuees.
CART teams evolved from these needs bringing together volunteers that are well-trained in emergency management, preparedness, and response focused on the welfare of pets. The Louisa CART team has become one of the premier CART teams in Virginia earning recognition as a State Animal Response Team (SART) and our capabilities continue to expand. We regularly provide training on pet preparedness, pet CPR, and pet First Aid, and information on how to prepare your family for an emergency situation. In the event that the Emergency Shelter is activated for evacuation, the CART team will respond and care for your pet throughout the emergency.