The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) developed from the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA) Disaster Committee. After the response to Hurricane Katrina, LSART became a division of the Dr. Walter J. Ernst Veterinary Memorial Foundation (WJE). WJE is the non-profit foundation associated with the LVMA.
WHO WE ARE:
LSART is an organization of groups and individuals with an interest in animal well-being related to emergencies or disasters. Veterinarians, animal control officers, humane organizations, and citizen volunteers make up LSART's membership list.
WHAT WE DO:
LSART makes resources available to parishes for emergency planning, response and recovery.
LSART assists local jurisdictions in planning and preparing for all types of emergencies involving all animals.
LSART registers teams of volunteers in companion animal, equine and food animal sections.
LSART provides training in NIMS, ICS, evacuation protocols, shelter management and other aspects of emergency planning.
LSART provides community public information and messaging for emergency preparedness.
LSART responds to emergencies by assisting with evacuation, sheltering, and search and rescue.
Phone (800) 524-2996
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LSART needs YOU!
Please consider becoming an LSART Volunteer. For details and a form, see our Volunteers Page.
LSART is an all-volunteer organization, affliated with the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to provide assistance and leadership in animal-related disasters at the Parish level and at the state level ESF-11. Our mission is planning for and response to animals in emergencies.
Please download the form "Disaster Relief Contribution Form" and submit to the LVMA/WJE Foundation office.
8550 United Plaza Boulevard, Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 408-4422 (fax)
LSART and the citizens of Louisiana want to extend a big thank you to our partners:
ASPCA, AMERICAN HUMANE, NOAH'S WISH, HSUS, IFAW, CODE 3 ASSOCIATES, UAN/EARS, NACA AND SAWA AND The LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
LSART reminds Animal Owners and Animal Facility Owners
that they must take responsibility for preparing to evacuate
or care for the animals in their care in event of an emergency.
Please see our animal owners page for tips on getting prepared!
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