The Douglas/Elbert County Animal Response Team (CART) provides those in need with assistance in boarding their large, small and domestic animals during times of evacuation caused by wildland fires and other natural and manmade disasters.
Formed in 2003, a year after the Hayman Fire affected a number of citizens and taxpayers in Douglas County, the area CART was developed to provide shelter, food and veterinary care for evacuated animals during emergency situations.
What does CART do?
Douglas/Elbert CART serves the citizens of Douglas and Elbert County by providing shelter, food and veterinary care for large, small and domesticated animals, including cattle, horses, llamas, chickens, dogs, etc. during times of evacuation.
What doesn’t CART do?
CART volunteers do not assist with the transportation of animals to shelters during an emergency. If you cannot get your animals safely to shelter, and do not have a trusted friend, neighbor or relative to assist you in this, please contact 911 at the time of the emergency.
CART does not provide shelter space for commercial livestock.
What do I need to know before bringing my animals to a shelter?
- If possible, bring a three-day supply of food for your animals to the shelter during a time of evacuation. Food will be provided if you do not bring it or more is needed.
- If your animal is on medication, please bring a two-week supply.
- When possible, transport your animals in a marked crate you can leave at the shelter. Please bring a leash or harness and proper identification.
- When bringing large, branded animals such as horses and cattle to a shelter, brand papers are required when picking the animals back up.
Familiarize yourself with the County’s Disaster Preparedness Guide, which provides more information on how to prepare both yourself and your animals for emergency evacuation. It’s best to have a plan ahead of time before disaster strikes.
Where are the primary shelters?
The Douglas/Elbert CART utilizes two primary shelters for human and animal sheltering during a disaster.
- Douglas County Fairgrounds: 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock, CO 80104
- Elbert County Fairgrounds: 95 Ute Ave., Kiowa, CO 80117
If these shelters are full or become unavailable due to the whereabouts of the disaster, Douglas/Elbert CART will provide alternative sheltering information at that time. During an emergency, monitor the Douglas County website and media outlets for the most up-to-date information regarding human and animal sheltering.
How do I Contact CART?
For more information on CART, email DECART@douglas.co.us or call 303-814-4356.
I want to help, what can I do?
If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Douglas/Elbert CART, there are two primary groups, the Douglas Elbert County Horse Council and the Denver Dumb Friends League that help out during times of emergency.