Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART)
BART SAVES LIVES!
BART, a 501(c)(3), empowers first responders to be prepared and equipped to address pets and livestock encountered in emergencies and disasters. In the event of an emergency or disaster, it’s well-documented that humans will, without thinking, risk their own lives to save their pets or livestock. When individuals refuse to evacuate or re-enter evacuation zones, they risk their own lives and increase the risk of injury or death for all emergency responders. BART’s courses were designed and developed to address this problem.
First Responders who have had Basic Animal Rescue Training minimize the risk of injury to themselves and to those who may have otherwise put themselves in harm’s way. This is only possible when responders have the equipment and training and the confidence to use them. This is exactly what BART provides. BART training is for First Responders such as Police, Fire, CERT Teams, etc. There are currently active teams in Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. Learn more about BART here.
The MVMA Charities helped bring BART to Massachusetts in 2015 and has since trained over 500 first responders in 33 towns across the state. First responders have great things to say about this program: