Humane Pennsylvania is a longtime leader in ensuring a strong and ready response to emergencies and natural disasters.  Before Katrina drew attention to the peril of pets and people, Humane Pennsylvania partner organization Humane Society of Berks County was the first animal welfare organization to lead a County Animal Response Team (Berks CART) as part of Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized PA State Animal Response Team.

Since 2004, the Humane Pennsylvania has taken the lead in emergency response in disaster in our region and beyond.  Humane Pennsylvania staff and volunteers have set up and managed emergency shelters during ice storms, hurricanes and flood.  They served around the nation as team partners for national organizations.

Local, state and federal government can’t do it on their own and, when it comes to animals, needs the help of experts like Humane Pennsylvania’s staff and volunteers.  In order to be there for them, we need you to be there for us.  For information on how you can support Humane Pennsylvania’s emergency response efforts, contact Chief Operating Officer, Damon March at


sart-logo2In 2005, the Humane Society of Berks County was appointed to be the lead agency to undertake the creation of the first Animal Response Team for Berks County (Berks CART).

Berks CART is a local extension of the State Animal Response Team for Pennsylvania (PA SART). These Animal Response Teams are public/private/non-profit partnerships intended to provide the volunteers, resources, organization, and financial commitment needed to plan for and respond to disaster of all types and sizes impacting animals in our state and county.

>> learn more about Berks CART