The Ohio Region 1 Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. DART is a team of volunteers ready to help rescue, house, and treat animals during disasters and other emergencies. Volunteers include veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal control officers and others from a variety of professions and backgrounds. DART coordinates with local emergency management agencies.
The Ohio Region 1 Disaster Animal Response Team will provide emergency response, planning and support for all animals in the Northwest Ohio Homeland Security Region 1 in the event of a disaster or disease outbreak that overwhelms the local infrastructure.
Most people consider their pets as part of their family. If forced to choose between leaving their pets to go to a safe place or staying with their pets, almost 40% of people say they will not leave their pets. Having so many people ignore safety warnings for the sake of their pets, means that more injuries and deaths can and are likely to occur. It also means more people will need to be rescued after a disaster or will try to return to unsafe areas. This often puts rescue workers in unecessary danger.
DART's response capabilities during disasters include:
Establishing a veterinary field hospital and assisting in the capture, retraint, and transport of animals.
Provide animal decontamination and then assess, triage, stabilize and treat injured animals.
Provide humane euthanasia as directed by veterinarians.
Provide temporary shelter for displaced animals and reunite owners with their animals.
When not assisting during a disaster, DART members keep in touch regularly to:
Work on response plans and conduct training and exercises.
Recruit volunteers and obtain donated supplies and equipment.
Provide community disaster education that includes caring for animals during disasters.