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Larimer Humane Society D.A.R.T volunteers 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.
What do D.A.R.T volunteers do?
Larimer Humane Society’s Disaster Animal Response Team (D.A.R.T.) help our community care for animals by offering support in:
- 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
- Sign a pledge to follow the D.A.R.T. Code of Conduct
- Have a current tetanus vaccination
- Must complete all required training prior to deployment
A rabies vaccination is strongly recommended, though not required, especially if the member will be interacting with aggressive or quarantined animals.
All D.A.R.T. members must fill out a volunteer application. All approved applications are kept on file with the Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator.
All D.A.R.T. members must attend 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 participate in trainings and exercises throughout the year.
No volunteers under the age of 21 are allowed to participate during a disaster. 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 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 all required FEMA and Larimer Humane Society training.
If you have questions, please contact:
Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator