About Us

Bay Area DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) is a team of volunteers focused on all aspects of dealing with animals in disaster situations. We are brought together for our love of animals and have backgrounds in animal and non-animal related fields.

Bay Area DART provides educational resources and speakers to the community to Prepare Citizens and their pets for disaster. When a disaster strikes, our team members work closely with local Emergency managers to provide resources and guidance in developing and managing Pet Friendly Shelters.

In 2010, Bay Area DART emergency sheltering team joined Sumter DART creating a team capable of providing transportation, logistics and emergency sheltering when called on in an animal emergency. Sumter DART and Bay Area DART together can now provide trained and experienced emergency sheltering responders when the need arises throughout our communities.


What We Do

  • Provide trained and experienced volunteers in emergency sheltering situations when requested during natural or man-made disasters.
  • Open, staff and close Pet Friendly Shelters throughout Pinellas County in the event evacuations are ordered.
  • Educate the public to be prepared while furthering our own education through various training and networking activities.
  • Assist in the rescue of animals by providing kennels, transport equipment, and staging equipment for a compound area.
  • Aid other humane organizations in performing animal rescue.
  • Provide assistance to animal controls and humane societies during disasters and animal abuse and/or hoarding cases when they request our help.
  • Provide assistance in removing animals in advance of pending disaster in order to mitigate possible injury or death.
  • Help other humane organizations as well as county agencies when animals are in need.


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Bay Area DART is a division of Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charitable organization