Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)™

DART is a mobile command post which contains a full communications system that is capable of monitoring and dispatching emergency services during disasters to provide temporary shelter for animals and front-line veterinary care. DART works with local, state, and national agencies to help families and their animals with medical, food and housing assistance.


Formalized in 1993, DART is uniquely capable of caring for the animal victims of disaster. Staffed by spcaLA staff, humane officers, veterinary staff and other professionals, DART has deployed to fires, civil unrest, earthquakes, hurricanes and other catastrophic situations, including hurricanes Katrina, Rita , Ike, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Station, Malibu, Woolsey and San Diego California Wildfires, and most recently, Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the Caldor Fire.

DART equipment consists of an equipped mobile command center, portable kenneling, horse trailers and field rescue vehicles.

Are your pets included in your disaster plans? Check out our Disaster Preparedness Tips and download the Disaster Plan Checklist.

spcaLA has deployed to wildfires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, as well as man-made disasters locally, nationally, and internationally.