PetAid Disaster Services
Assisting at-risk animals in Colorado during disasters
PetAid Colorado has made great strides in helping our state become better prepared to deal with animal issues in disasters. By partnering with state agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental associations, the private sector and volunteers to use PetAid Colorado’s charitable status, staff resources, voluntary programs and the strength of the veterinary community, we help build Colorado’s capacity to respond to animal issues during disasters. In this manner, we can all help build resources and capacities that might otherwise not be available through governmental efforts alone.
PetAid Disaster Services played critical role in animal response during Colorado floods
|COVMRC member examining evacuated dog during flooding
|PetAid Disaster Services personnel were involved with the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) during the floods that devastated parts of the Front Range in September.
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (COVMRC) is housed under PetAid Disaster Services as a way to provide veterinary professionals and animal emergency responders with the training and credentialing necessary to support animal health and public health emergency response. COVMRC was deployed during the floods to help at the Longmont Humane Society and to assist with airlift rescue operations at the Boulder airport.
PetAid Disaster Services will continue to assist shelters and emergency response teams as areas grapple with the aftermath of the floods.
PetAid Colorado's Disaster Services Program is a valuable partner for the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and a critical resource for local emergency managers as well. As a not-for-profit program that serves as a unifying network in support of animal issues in all phases of emergency management, the PetAid Colorado Disaster Services program is vital to the long-term interest of animals and the people of Colorado. PetAid Colorado's Disaster Services program is professional, dedicated and effective in managing and coordinating animal emergency response for Colorado.
Colorado Department of Public Safety
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Office of Emergency Management
When the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region integrated the Colorado Springs Animal Response Team and El Paso County Animal Response Team into a single community animal response team PetAid Colorado's Disaster Services program assisted us in training both staff and volunteers. Literally days after receiving our CART Training HSPPR's staff and volunteers were responding to the Black Forest Fire and putting our training to the test. Not only was the training we received from PetAid Colorado extremely useful to us during this disaster, but we also deeply appreciated the support that the PetAid Disaster Service's Program Director provided us as the State's designated animal disaster response coordinator during the long days of the Black Forest Fire response.
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
History of Animal Response in Colorado:
The Colorado State Animal Response Team (SART) model was developed in North Carolina after the devastating impact of Hurricane Floyd in 1999. After Floyd, visionaries from several agencies and non-profit organizations began working together to build a model that would serve to protect both people and animals.
Colorado SART originated at the 2003 Colorado Summit on Animal Emergency Preparedness, a national pilot program sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the North Carolina State Animal Response Team. Eighty people representing sixty governmental and not-for-profit organizations voiced strong support for the formation of a SART program. By the end of June of 2003, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation had agreed to develop the program. In 2004, Colorado SART provided regional Community Animal Response Team development training across all of Colorado and established the SART.
Recognizing that all emergency response is local, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation established the Animal Emergency Management Program (AEMP) in 2009 to provide a comprehensive program that builds and supports local capacity to respond to animal issues during disasters. In 2012, this program renamed to PetAid Colorado, Disaster Services which provides:
- Unit coordination for Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CO VMRC) whose credentialed members are available to support local animal emergency response efforts, animal disease outbreaks and planned events with veterinary medical services, sheltering, animal evacuation and search and rescue.
- Support of Community Animal Response Team (CART) development through the provision of technical assistance, resource development and training.
- Support of ESF # 6A (Care of Companion and Service Animals) at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).
To learn more about PetAid Disaster Services, click here and read this story published in the American Veterinary Medical Association's Journal.
Click here to view the PetAid Disaster Services brochure.
Click below for more information on:
Animal Emergency Response Planning Toolkit
Support During a Disaster
For additional information, please contact:
Director, PetAid Disaster Services
Offices at the Harrison Center for Animals
191 Yuma Street
Denver, CO 80223
If you wish to make a donation to PetAid Disaster Services, click here.
Thank you to the following organizations for supporting PetAid Disaster Services in 2012-13 with gifts of $5,000 or more:
Hadley and Marion Stuart Foundation
John M. and Nancy J. Goodrich Charitable Fund