The Rhode Island Disaster Animal Response Team (RIDART) is a public/private/volunteer partnership to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies affecting animals in Rhode Island. Those animals include large and small domestic animals as well as wildlife. The emergencies they could face range from storms or floods to fires and oil spills.
The team is composed of volunteers who work under the direction of the RI State Veterinarian. Training – normally free to team members – emphasizes safe handling of animals, pet first aid, effective rescuing, sheltering, and reuniting pets with their owners. The team helps assure that Rhode Islanders are as ready as possible to make the best of bad situations.
Applications are welcome from everyone. No matter what your level of experience or expertise, RIDART can help you make a difference.
The documentary Mine portrays the innate bond between humans and their animals challenged by one of the worst disasters in modern U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina. This powerful and emotional video stresses the severe importance of disaster preparedness and first responder training for all DART members.
Click the link to watch the trailer for "Mine: The Movie"
The Rhode Island Disaster Animal Response Team is a 501(c)3 certified non-profit organization
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