Amador County Animal Response Team
Your Amador County Animal Response Team is an all-volunteer organization that provides an essential service to county residents in times of public emergency by operating shelters for the pets and other domestic animals of families forced to evacuate their homes. In doing this, ACART assists Amador County in fulfilling the requirements of the Federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006, which mandates that local and state emergency preparedness authorities include in their evacuation plans how they will accommodate household pets and service animals in case of a disaster. We also work to educate the public on the need for and steps they can take for disaster preparedness.
Although ACART operates under the authority of the County Office of Emergency Services and reports to the County Director of Animal Control, we receive no government funding and rely solely on the generosity of the public to support our equipment and operational needs. We are a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating under the financial umbrella of the Amador Community Foundation. All contributions of goods, services and funds are tax deductible and are greatly beneficial in helping ACART fulfill its mission.
There are many ways you can help us in our work:
Become an ACART Member
Membership in ACART is open to all residents of the county and is the most valuable kind of support you can offer. While animal handling and active shelter operations require some minimum level of physical ability, there are other of our activities that have few or no restrictions. For those participating in direct animal handling, some experience is desirable but not absolutely necessary. We constantly train in animal care and handling, and welcome volunteers who are willing to learn.
To get more information on how you can become an ACART volunteer, please contact us.
ACART accepts donations of cash, which will be used to fund operations and purchase needed equipment and supplies. We also appreciate donations of new or used (in good condition) items from our wish list. Our current greatest need is an equipment trailer to house and transport our emergency shelter equipment and supplies. This trailer will supplement one currently on loan from one of our members, and which is nearing its capacity. A suitable, fully outfitted trailer will cost about $12,000. Contributions to our trailer fund can be made through gofundme.com. Donations of cash can be made safely and securely through PayPal, directly to ACART at PO Box 352, Plymouth, CA 95669, or by sending them in care of ACART to the Amador Community Foundation, 571 S. State Highway 49, Jackson, CA 95642. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged. Please contact ACART with any questions.
Support Our Fundraising Events
ACART sponsors public awareness and fundraising events throughout the year. Attend one of these, meet the ACART volunteers and learn more about us. Check here for upcoming events.