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In 2007 the Greensburg tornado revealed the need to formally address animal response in Kansas and later that year the Kansas State Animal Response Team was established. It is the federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS) passed in 2006, that requires emergency management to address the needs of people with pets and service animals during a major disaster or emergency and the Kansas State Animal Response Team is here to help make that happen.

The Kansas State Animal Response Team, a volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, teaches pet owners how to prepare for their pets, assists emergency management in pet disaster planning, trains volunteers for response and responds when the team is requested through the disaster response process. 

This team accomplishes its’ work through dedicated volunteers, support from others in disaster management and response, grants, corporate sponsorships and private donations.