Delaware Office of Animal Welfare

Disaster Preparedness

Just like other members of your household, emergency planning for your pets requires supplies and advance preparation. Pets are members of the family and should be included in disaster preparations.

Delaware Animal Response (DAR)

Delaware Animal Response (DAR) is a program within the Delaware Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) that works to prepare the community for emergencies and disasters where domestic animals and their caretakers may be affected. DAR’s mission is to develop and implement preparedness, response, and recovery plans necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of domestic animals, and the people who own or have responsibility for animals during emergencies and disasters.

Services Provided

  • Animal evacuation and transportation
  • Animal search and rescue
  • Animal emergency sheltering
  • Veterinary medical support services
  • Public information and preparedness education

Volunteer Opportunities

The DAR program operates a State Animal Response Team (SART), made up of volunteers trained and ready to respond during emergency situations. Volunteers with diverse experience and interests are encouraged to apply. People with veterinary medical experience may sign up for the Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp (VMRC), a section within SART. To volunteer, send an email to the DAR Coordinator.

View Recruitment Flyer

DAR Upcoming Volunteer Orientations 

Disaster Preparedness for Pets