Two Levels of Volunteering
SCART (SoCal Animal Response Team) is not an animal rescue; we take care of disaster victims' pets and animals in a temporary animal shelter next to a community shelter (Red Cross or other) to help encourage pet and animal owners to evacuate from danger areas when ordered by the local authority. Often evacuees with pets are not allowed to bring their pets into community shelters, which deters people from taking advantage of the shelter.
SCART responds at the request of the local authority to the community shelter, to take care of the human evacuees' animals on-site while it remains unsafe for the evacuees to return home. SCART is equipped to care for all kinds of animals, usually right next to the community shelter. Animal owners are encouraged to visit and help care for their animals at the SCART shelter.
SCART volunteers are expected to be team players, complete several training courses, and participate in training exercises. SCART volunteers can fill many roles and sometimes in a disaster will not have a choice in their assignment. Tasks include assembling the shelter area, feeding and caring for animals, cleaning kennels of animal waste, and interacting with animal owners. The work environment may be hot or cold, windy or rainy, and wildfire smoke and ash may be in the air. Food choices are often limited and special diets may not be able to be accommodated.
As tough as the conditions may be, you will be playing a very important role in disaster relief, as the animals rely on committed people to keep them fed and reduce their fears in a disaster situation. Your care of these animals allows the human owners to stay in a safe place close to their animals until it is safe for them to return home. Thank you for your interest!
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