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About the NCARE Survey

A snapshot of areas throughout the country—and their readiness to mobilize on behalf of animals in case of emergency or disaster—now exists because of a groundbreaking ASPCA initiative.

An early review of the National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies (NCARE) survey, which was conducted in 2016, reveals these key findings:

  • 65% of states have State Animal Response Teams (SARTs)
  • 48% of large counties have Community Animal Response Teams (CARTs)
  • 23% of small counties have Community Animal Response Teams (CARTs)
  • 74% of the states have caches of equipment/supplies for emergency sheltering of small animals
  • 77% of large counties have caches of equipment/supplies for emergency sheltering of small animals
  • 41% of small counties have caches of equipment/supplies for emergency sheltering of small animals
  • 73% of the states have plans for co-locating pets with their families
  • 80% of large counties have plans for co-locating pets with their families
  • 50% of small counties have plans for co-locating pets with their families

The full results of the NCARE Survey will be published within the next few months.

The survey was distributed nationwide to all counties with populations exceeding one million people and also to a random sample of 25 percent of counties with populations fewer than one million.

The NCARE process included development of a Community Preparedness Assessment Tool, a key component in helping communities identify disaster-related risks and take crucial steps toward to increase their resilience. Using that combined information, the NCARE team can target high-risk communities and provide necessary training and grants to enhance animal response capabilities.

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The ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response (FIR) team helps rescue animal victims of both natural and manmade disasters. The ASPCA is also commonly called upon by state and municipal governments and other animal-welfare partners to lend expertise during large-scale rescue operations.