Michigan State Animal
Helping Owners and Their Pets During Disasters
Over 60% of the United States population owns pets. From Hurricane Katrina through
Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy we have seen the news television broadcasts of owners and
their pets being reunited after a disaster has destroyed their home.
The Michigan State Animal Response Team (MI-SART) was developed in 2006 to meet
Michigan's pet owners needs during an emergency event. MI-SART is recognized as a
response team in the State of Michigan's Emergency Management Plan. The team has
exercised with several State and County agencies on collocated pet sheltering and animal
decontamination events. The team's first response was in 2010 at the Marshall Oil Spill.
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