How to Help

Although VT CART is a state-mandated program, we receive no state funding to pay for supplies and equipment, and training for our members. Our work would not be possible without the generosity of volunteers and donors.

Donations: How to Contribute Financially to VT CART

When disaster strikes, CART needs to be ready to board and care for potentially hundreds of pets on short notice. That requires supplies such as kennels and food, and well-trained volunteers. We depend on your contributions to help us maintain our emergency readiness.

To Donate Online

  1. Visit Virginia Tech’s secure online giving page.
  2. Type in the amount of your gift, then select “College of Veterinary Medicine” from the drop down menu labeled “Select the areas that your gift will benefit…”.
  3. In the “Comments” section at the bottom of the form, type in CART’s name, along with our grant number: #875818.
  4. Follow the instructions on the form to complete your donation!

To Donate by Mail

  1. Download, print, and fill out the VA-MD Vet Med Gift Contribution Form.
  2. Check the box labeled “I want my gift to support a specific program or fund.”
  3. Under “Special Operations Funds,” write in “CART: Grant #875818”.
  4. Write “CART: Grant #875818” on the memo line of your check.
  5. Send the completed form and your check to:
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Development Office
    225 Duck Pond Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Volunteering: Becoming a Member of VT CART

When a natural disaster strikes, CART needs trained and disciplined volunteers who are ready to take immediate action. We have an especially great need for volunteers during summer months when many of our student volunteers are away from campus. Not only are we understaffed during this time of year, it is also the time of year with particularly high incidence of natural disasters!

Because of the potentially chaotic nature of emergency response, we have very specific needs for our volunteer members. Members of the VT CART are assigned the following roles based on their professional credentials and experience:

  • Shelter Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Technician
  • Animal Handling Specialist
  • Animal Case Manager

To learn more about these roles, you can download our comprehensive Animal Emergency Response Position Credentials PDF.

If you can contribute in one of these positions, please fill out our Volunteer Application Form and email it to Jen Averill at

CART Member Required Training

When you have been accepted as a member of VT CART, you will be required to complete the training courses listed below within your first year of membership. You may begin the courses at any time, even if you are not yet a member.

On-line FEMA Courses:

  • IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-100.b: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • IS-200.b: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-5.a: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
  • IS-800.b: Review of The National Response Framework’s Introduction
  • IS-806: Review of Emergency Support Function 11 (Agriculture and Natural Resources)
  • IS-811: Review of Emergency Support Function 6 (Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing, and Human Services)

Other Training

  • Adult First Aid, CPR, and AED Training – American Red Cross (to be renewed every two years)

CART Member Recommended Training

The following training courses are not required for VT CART Members, but they are highly recommended.

On-line FEMA Courses:

  • IS-10.a: Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness
  • IS-11.a: Animals in Disaster, Module B: Community Planning

Other Training

  • Pet First Aid (American Red Cross)