Larimer Humane Society volunteer responders are animal lovers committed to making sure that animals’ needs are met during times of crisis. These volunteers are trained to help animals during or after a disaster or as a result of animal cruelty - bringing vital skills in animal handling, as well as necessary supplies and resources to set-up and operate temporary shelters and/or conduct field rescue missions.
Larimer Humane Society’s Disaster Animal Response Team (D.A.R.T.) help our communty care for animals by offering support in:
- Public relations
- Animal control and field rescue
- Resource distribution
- Temporary animal shelters
- Daily care, exercise and enrichment of animals
These dedicated volunteers can deploy on a moment’s notice to assist animals in times of disaster or crises.
What qualifications are needed to become a D.A.R.T Animal Emergency Services volunteer responder?
The following are mandatory requirements to deploy with Larimer Humane Society to the scene of a disaster:
The D.A.R.T. is comprised of volunteer members. All volunteers must be formally enrolled in D.A.R.T. In order to join D.A.R.T., all members must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Submit a completed application, including information on response readiness, training, and availability to travel
- Pass a background check
- Sign a pledge to follow the D.A.R.T. Code of Conduct
- Have a current tetanus vaccination
A rabies vaccination is strongly recommended, though not required, especially if the member will be interacting with aggressive or quarantined animals.
Enrollment Membership Requirements
All D.A.R.T. members must fill out a volunteer application and go through a background check. Background checks must be complete before an ID badge is issued. ID badges are only issued to applicants that have passed a background check. The only exceptions to the background check will be volunteers who are employed by a law enforcement agency and have supervisor/command approval or volunteers from a recognized D.A.R.T./CART partner or assisting D.A.R.T./CART team. In these exceptions, an application is still required. All approved applications are kept on file with the D.A.R.T. team.
All D.A.R.T. members must attend at least one (1) general meeting per year and one (1) training session quarterly. Meetings are held quarterly (January, April, July, and October). All D.A.R.T. members must complete six (6) hours of training and preparation per year.
No volunteers under the age of 21 are allowed to participate in field operations due to liability concerns. If participating D.A.R.T. team agencies wish to utilize their own volunteers under the age of 21 at their facilities to free up other staff for field operations for the D.A.R.T. team, then they may do so in accordance with their own volunteer guidelines.
Once membership is approved, the volunteer must complete FEMA ICS 100 (this is a Federal requirement) and all other required FEMA training that is listed in the Larimer County Animal Response Emergency Support Function (ESF).