Amador County Animal Response Team
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ACART History
The Amador County Animal Response Team was formed in 2009, when a group of concerned county residents met with Amador County Animal Control and the Amador Fire Safe Council to discuss the lack of provision within the county for domestic animal evacuation and sheltering during wildfires and other natural disasters.  There followed a lengthy series of meetings and discussions concerning the nature and duties of such an organization.

In September 2013, Amador County registered ACART members as Disaster Service Workers qualifying the team to staff and conduct animal shelter activities in support of county residents during emergencies such as fires, floods and earthquakes.

In July 2014, during Amador’s County Fair, ACART operated and established its first live disaster shelter operation in response to the Sand Fire which involved evacuations in both Amador and El Dorado counties.
ACART Organization
Although ACART operates under the direction of the County Office of Emergency Services and the County Animal Control Director, we are not funded as part of the county budget and remain a completely volunteer, non-profit organization dependent on small grants and the generosity of concerned citizens.

ACART members continue to hone their animal handling skills through monthly training sessions and participation in County organized disaster drills. ACART also cooperates in joint exercises with neighboring counties and performs education outreach to educate the public on preparation for evacuation.
Training
ACART members continue to hone their animal handling skills through monthly training sessions and participation in County organized disaster drills. ACART also cooperates in joint exercises with neighboring counties and performs education outreach to educate the public on preparation for evacuation.

ACART meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  We invite you to join us for a meeting, meet us and find out more.  Details about upcoming meetings can be found on our Home page.
Membership & Support
As mentioned above, we are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that relies primarily on the interest and support of concerned members of the community.  Membership is open to persons of all ages and abilities.  If you are not able to support ACART activities through membership, there are many other ways you can assist us in our mission; see the Support ACART page for further information.