Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Ohio Region 1 Disaster Animal Response Team (DART-1). DART is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and is comprised of volunteers. Membership in DART is free but requires time and training from members. Members are required to participate in training exercises as well as teleconferences.
DART members do not have to have experience in disaster response or animal care or handling. Members consist of Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Animal Control Officers, Public Health Officials, Emergency Management Officials, Fire Department Officials, and a variety of other non animal related fields. Anyone can contribute to the team regardless of their animal care or handling experience. Members will be tasked during a disaster according to their skills and abilities. This ranges from administrative roles such as maintaining files and processing paperwork to rescuing animals during a disaster and includes everything in between.
To become a member of DART, several forms must be completed, signed and returned to DART. All of the forms necessary to become a member are included in the Membership Packet. Download the packet, print off the forms, and follow the directions provided to become a member.
DART members are required to complete the training courses listed on the training page and submit official certificates of course completion within one year of obtaining DART membership. DART members are also required to maintain proof of current licensure for their respective professions as applicable. DART members must complete an approved training every three years and register in the Ohio Responds Volunteer Registry for liability protection. Registration in the Ohio Responds Volunteer Registry can be completed at https://www.ohioresponds.odh.ohio.gov.
DART members are encouraged to attend all meetings and training exercises. Many meetings are conducted via teleconferencing and as a result, attendance should not be problematic. In addition, DART strongly recommends all members receive vaccination against hepatitis A & B, tetanus and rabies. Grant funds may be available to assist with these costs. Failure to meet the minimum requirements as outlined above is sufficient cause for termination of membership. Members who have not met the above requirements will be denied deployment to all disasters until satisfactory completion of all requirements is met. Upon successful completion of the above requirements, DART members are required to submit and maintain current contact information.
If you are unable to meet the membership requirements above but would still like to contribute, consider making a tax deductible contribution as DART is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or by donating supplies.