LSART - the Louisiana State Animal Response Team

LSART, Louisiana’s preeminent animal disaster response and rescue organization, evolved from a committee of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA). After LSART’s pivotal role in Hurricane Katrina emergency response, the organization became part of the Dr. Walter J. Ernst Veterinary Memorial Foundation, the non-profit association that provides support to the LVMA.

LSART is made up of groups and individuals with a common interest in animal well-being during times of man-made and natural disaster. LSART volunteers have been on the front lines of animal emergency relief in Louisiana through hurricanes, oil spills, floods and other events that negatively impact animal health and safety. LSART’s membership includes veterinary professionals, state and local agencies and private individuals ~ all are passionate about alleviating animal suffering during times of crisis.

LSART responds to emergencies with search and rescue, evacuation and sheltering. They oversee training in NIMS (FEMA’s National Incident Management System), ICS (FEMA’s Incident Command System), shelter management, community/ public messaging and other aspects of disaster planning. LSART also provides resources to parishes for animal emergency preparedness, response and recovery, and operational guidelines.

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Looking to Help?

To donate by check, please make payable to “LSART” and mail to LSART at 8550 United Plaza Blvd, Suite 1001, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809.  If you would like to designate your contribution more specifically, please put either “Equine Fund” or “All Animals” on the memo line.  To donate by credit card by phone, please call our office at 800-524-2996.  To donate online, please select the fund you wish to support below.