The Carbon County Animal Response Team has announced that it will hold a reorganizational meeting in September.

During the meeting, Joel Hersh, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART), will talk to the team about various topics. The meeting date has not yet been set.

Also during the meeting, members will vote on changes in operation, such as funds and leadership teams. All team members are urged to attend.

In other related matters, the team is preparing for the upcoming Carbon County Fair and Palmerton Community Festival. They will have a table with information regarding CART for anyone interested in becoming a member.

The mission of CART and PASART is to protect, rescue and shelter any animal that is a companion to a Pennsylvania resident. Animals can range from household animals such as cats and dogs to farm animals like horses, llamas and emus.

Some of the goals CART strives to have is to decrease the threat to humans and animals, prevent and decrease the spread of diseases, and minimize the economic impact of animal emergencies.The Carbon County CART has been trying to get off the ground in Carbon County since 2007, when Hersh visited a group of 30 volunteers interested in helping animals.

Since its inception, the all-volunteer team has responded to various animal emergencies, including the kennel fire at Pazzazz Boarding Kennels in Franklin Township last March; and a large-scale cat rescue from an abandoned home in Penn Forest Township that occurred last July.

For more information on PASART or CART or to become a member, visit www.pasart.us or e-mail Carbon County CART at CCCART@ptd.net.