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101, 2016

2015 ASPCA Midwestern Resiliency Grant Awards

By |January 1st, 2016|Featured, News|Comments Off on 2015 ASPCA Midwestern Resiliency Grant Awards

Several animal response teams in Kansas were awarded grant funding through the ASPCA in 2015.  These grants encourage animal disaster preparedness and response development in five midwestern states, including Kansas.  Awards in Kansas included funding for response equipment, funding to continue the state Unit Coordinator role and funding to host the annual state training conference, […]

2110, 2015

2015 Volunteer Recognition Awards

By |October 21st, 2015|Photo Gallery|Comments Off on 2015 Volunteer Recognition Awards

Thanks to each and every animal response team volunteer for your dedication and passion in preparing for disaster response and educating the public on disaster preparedness.  The following volunteers were recognized for going above and beyond by attending special training and exercise opportunities provided by, or sponsored by the Kansas State Animal Response Team.
2015 Recipients […]

2007, 2015

Building Animal Response Teams in Kansas

By |July 20th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Building Animal Response Teams in Kansas

2012 KVMA Article
By Dr. Christen Skaer, President

Hello everyone from the Kansas State Animal Response Team (KS SART)! It seems impossible that fall is already upon us as the summer flew by!  We’ve been very busy building response teams across Kansas and the Board of Directors is thrilled with the progress that has been made. Our […]

807, 2015

Sára Varsa, HSUS

By |July 8th, 2015|Other Animal Stories|Comments Off on Sára Varsa, HSUS

Director of Rescue and Response
HSUS Animal Cruelty, Rescue and Response Team 

Meet Sára Varsa at the 2015 Kansas Animal Preparedness Conference.  She will be presenting sessions, sharing her experiences and offering great pet disaster response and preparedness tips!  Read her story, one of her many motivations for the job she does!

In August of 2010, the HSUS was asked to assist in Montana with the humane removal and care of about 95 dogs from a relatively remote property. We knew little about the situation except our expertise was needed as there were no resources in the county for humane rescue and care. The deputy was compassionate and concerned for not only the animals, but also the owner. I remember driving on scene through a picturesque field of sunflowers after traversing a long dirt lane.  Nothing could have prepared me, however, for the reality of the life of “Jack” and his pack.  […]

2906, 2015

Operation “PUP” Tent

By |June 29th, 2015|Photo Gallery|1 Comment

2015 KS SART Sponsored Training Exercise
On Saturday, June 25, 2015 several animal response team volunteers from three regional teams converged on Crisis City to train on tent placement, setup and tear down.  These tents were secured by KS SART through an AVMF grant process.  There are 3 20’x20′ tents with sides, lighting a generator and […]

1704, 2015

KS Dept of Agriculture Donates Supplies

By |April 17th, 2015|News|Comments Off on KS Dept of Agriculture Donates Supplies

Thank You
In November of 2014, Dr. Tarrie Crnic, director of the Animal Facilities Inspection Program, and her team within the Division of Animal Health, Kansas Department of Agriculture, donated surplus plastic and wire animal crates (some of which were used in the shelter at the Greensburg’ tornado), reptile crates, feed bowls, animal water bottles, and […]

1704, 2015

ASPCA Grant for Training

By |April 17th, 2015|News|Comments Off on ASPCA Grant for Training

Grant Awarded for Training

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the first grant recipients as part of its Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program—a program that provides much-needed funding, training, and expertise to local communities to better serve and assist animals and pet owners during and after disasters.  Continue reading…



412, 2014

Caring for Jack

By |December 4th, 2014|Animal Response Stories, Featured, News|Comments Off on Caring for Jack

Any rescue of a living creature is difficult, but a pet rescue is extra tough. For starters pets might not be listed as missing. Next, pets often run from their home area during or after the storm. Then, some pets are so small they can get wedged into the smallest of places. Such was the […]