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Animal Lovers Invited to Animal Response Team Meeting July 1st

Published: 6/21/2019

For More Information Contact:

Joe Ryan, MRC Coordinator; (845) 486-2493

Poughkeepsie…. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County is holding an informational session for animal lovers who may be interested in joining the Dutchess County Animal Response Team (DCART) on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 6 p.m., at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, 392 Creek Road in Poughkeepsie.  The session is free and open to the anyone who is interested, but registration prior to the event is required. Seating is limited.  All training to be a member of DCART is provided free of charge.

The Dutchess County Animal Response Team is a specialized team coordinated by the MRC and comprised of veterinary professionals, livestock experts, and trained volunteers from the community. They respond to assist Emergency Management at the scene of a disaster or major emergency involving companion animals or livestock. Their mission is to spread the word of the importance of preparing for pets before an emergency.  They provide ongoing programs and trainings to their members and the community in pet preparedness and pet first aid.

The Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County is part of a national network of close to 200,000 volunteers dedicated to supporting public health infrastructure as well as disaster preparedness and response in the community.  Both medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are always needed.  The Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corps serves the Department of Emergency Response and the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in the effort to help make Dutchess County the healthiest, best prepared, and most resilient community in New York State.

For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, or to register, please contact MRC Coordinator Joe Ryan at (845) 486-2493 or  For information on upcoming trainings, visit