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Aiding you and your pets, livestock and wildlife
 during times of disaster

The County Animals Rescue and Evacuation (CARE) of Lorain, Medina and Summit counties are here to provide emergency assistance for all animals during a disaster. We are a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that responds under the direction of our local Emergency Management Agencies (EMA), and our county's American Red Cross. We are recognized as the official disaster response team for animals in northeast Ohio (Regions 2 & 5) by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

REGION 2 operates in the counties of: Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula
REGION 5 operates in the counties of: Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Stark, Mahoning, Holmes, Tuscarawas, Carroll and Columbiana

Click HERE to see a map of Ohio Regions               

CARE sets up intake facilities adjacent to the American Red Cross evacuation sites
and are available to assist local residents with:

  • Rescuing of animals at disaster sites.
  • Arranging care for 72 hours for pets in CARE homes or at area shelters.
  • Transportation of animals to temporary holding facilities.
  • Arranging care for 72 hours for livestock and wildlife at off-site facilities. 


               JOIN THE CARE TEAM
All of our members are trained in accordance with FEMA, utilizing the principles of the Incident Command System (ICS). CARE provides on-going training classes in the following areas:

     Hazardous Material Training (IS340)

     Psychological Aspects of a Disaster on     
     Human and Animal Behavior

     Large and Small Animal Handling

     Pet First Aid

     Bird and Reptile Animal Handling

     Incident Documentation

     FEMA classes - on-line and classroom
     for on-line couse info. follow this link
     FEMA Independent Study Courses

Additional training and seminars will include
Horse Handling, Severe Weather, Water Safety, Livestock in Disaster and other state and local classes that become available to us.

If you are interested in joining the CARE Team, link to a county page for contact information.


Being prepared for any disaster is the best way to ensure the safety of you and your pets. The following links will provide information and resources to help you prepare.

American Preparedness - Provide emergency pet first aid kits and family emergency preparedness kits. CARE will receive 10% of all purchases made. Use the link below to see what is available.
Articles, tools and solutions to help you prepare your pets for potential emergencies or disasters.