Volunteer with Napa CART

Community Volunteers provide a wide range of support for the Incident Response Teams.  We need volunteers at all levels of engagement, from people willing to be on call to assist with non-technical activities during disasters to volunteers interested in undergoing different levels of training to support emergency response.  Training ranges from the fundamentals of the incident command system, animal trauma care and sheltering, up to advanced topics such as evacuation and technical animal rescue.

During a disaster, a diverse group of volunteers is required to handle all aspects of response and recovery. All efforts will be made to match you with your areas of interest and experience.  There are specific training recommendations for each role, and we encourage you to meet our team leaders and investigate your options within Napa CART.

Please review the online training for Napa CART volunteers on our website.

Areas of Focus for Volunteers:

Large Animal Shelter:  This team sets up the shelter, intakes animals, tracks their location, feeding and health, maintains biosecurity, facilitates owner visits, exercises and discharges hoofed and winged animals.

Small Animal Shelter:  This team sets up the shelter, intakes animals, tracks location, feeding and health, maintains biosecurity, facilitates owner visits, exercises and discharges small companion animals in conjunction with Napa County Animal Services.

Evacuation:  This team works together to remove animals prior to or after disaster events and deliver them to designated shelters or veterinary hospitals.  The evacuation teams often consist of a convoy of pilot car, radio operator, truck and trailer, supply truck, and animal handling personnel. This team may go into warm zones with County escort and a high level of training is required for this role. Good to excellent hauling skills are a prerequisite for evacuation duty.

Shelter in Place: This team is dispatched based on owner request after a disaster to triage, feed, and monitor animals remaining in evacuated areas. This team often consists of a convoy of vehicles, similar to evacuation teams, and requires diverse animal handling and communication skills.  A high level of training is required for this role.

Communications: This team maintains radio contact between Napa CART leaders, First Responders, Evacuation and Shelter in Place teams, Dispatch and the Shelters.  Radio knowledge and operating skills are enhanced and developed through training, drilling and responding.

Hotline and Dispatch: This team sets up and operates a hotline receiving requests for evacuation and shelter in place.  The Dispatch component tracks team activity in the field and organizes response and continued care.

Volunteer Management: This team registers and tracks training attendance, answers volunteer questions, assigns volunteers to response components, and coordinates volunteer scheduling during an event.

Donation Management: This team(s) works at shelters to organize unsolicited incoming donated supplies, unloads hay and materials, and sorts donations to assist those who have lost everything. Ideally, this team works to create assets for the recovery phase of disaster, arranges hay storage, feed delivery, etc.

Reunification / Foster Care: This team works with shelter personnel to reunify unclaimed animals with owners, or to arrange foster care for animals with no home to return to.

Community Outreach: This team collaborates to represent Napa CART at community events and to make presentations detailing the work of Napa CART.  This group works with the Public Information Officer and the historian to raise public awareness and support of CART activities.

Donor Relations and Grants: This team networks to create donor interest in CART activities and explore options for CART funding and expansion.


Interested in volunteering at any level? We'd love to have you!  The first step in joining our team is completing our Volunteer Survey.  The information gathered in the Volunteer Survey will be used by Napa CART to gauge interest and experience in the various components of Disaster Response and assign new volunteers to roles that best align with their skills and interests and Napa CART's current needs.  Note assignments change as volunteers gain more experience and training and the organization's needs change.