Carbon County's Animal Response Team is looking for new members.

During the volunteer organization's last meeting on Tuesday evening, the group spoke to area animal lovers who were interested in becoming CART members.

Some of the goals CART strives toward is to decrease the threat to humans and animals, prevent and decrease the spread of diseases, and minimize the economic impact of animal emergencies.

Carleen Ladden, CART president, said that members are always needed to help in various positions during an emergency.

Volunteers do not have to work with animals if they do not wish to, but can still be involved in other ways, such as doing paperwork, organizing fundraisers, or providing necessary resources.

Ladden and vice president Kelly Hook outlined the different types of membership that a volunteer can become.

If a person wants to be in the field helping animals during an emergency, they would join the active member level. An active member must go through the CART orientation, which includes a presentation on the organization and what it does; as well as complete emergency preparedness courses.

If an individual wants to help the group but would not like to be involved in the actual rescues, they can become either a resource affiliate member, affiliate member or communicating member.

A resource affiliate member allows the person or business to provide services or resources to the group in the case of an emergency. For example, farmers who have horse trailers or hay could volunteer their equipment in large animal rescue situations.

An affiliate member is for anyone who has a specific area of expertise that can be utilized in certain emergency situations. These members would provide assistance, information equipment or other services during a CART employment.

Both resource affiliate and affiliate members respond only when the team requests them.

Communicating members are members who want to receive communications and attend meetings.

All positions require the member to fill out the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team and CART paperwork, complete a criminal-background check, and register on the PASART website at http://pasart.us [1].

To join the CART team, you can attend a meeting, which is held at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency in Nesquehoning. The October meeting date will be announced at a later time.

To learn more about CART, like them on Facebook by searching Carbon CART (County Animal Response Team).