History of Animal Response

Family and pet reunited after Oaklawn tornado.

1999 Hurricane Floyd

The state animal response team (SART) model originated in North Carolina.  Over three million pets, livestock, and poultry perished in that event, a figure that could have been substantially reduced with a coordinated emergency plan to address animal and agricultural animal issues.

2003 The SART Program is Shared

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation hosted a pilot presentation of the North Carolina state animal response  model in Colorado.  An audience of over 60 different state agencies and non-governmental organizations spent two days assimilating and planning.

2004 Kansas Steps Up

  • 2004 the Kansas State Animal Response Team begins as a steering committee, through an initiative of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association.
  • 2007 the team officially forms as a non-profit  501(c)(3) organization to guide and support development of county animal response teams (CARTs) across Kansas.  There are 105 counties in Kansas and the realization came quickly that this was a daunting task.
  • 2011 the Kansas State Animal Response Team shifts focus to encourage and support regional development organizing under the seven regions identified by Homeland Security.
  • 2019 the Kansas State Animal Response Team and the existing regional teams; KCMetro, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, and Southwest  join to form a single, cohesive state team known as the Kansas State Animal Response Team.

Volunteers helping people through animal disaster education, planning, and response.