Butler County Animal Response Team (BuCART) recently received a large donation to help with their disaster trailers.

Butler County Animal Response Team (BuCART) recently received a large donation to help with their disaster trailers.

Dr. Tarrie Crnic, director of the Animal Facilities Inspection Program, and her team within the Division of Animal Health, Kansas Department of Agriculture, donated surplus plastic and wire animal crates (some of which were used in the shelter at the Greensburg' tornado), reptile crates, feed bowls, animal water bottles, and other miscellaneous animal supplies to the Kansas State Animal Response Team (KS SART). Kelly Benton, Unit Coordinator for KS SART, divided these supplies between the Butler County Animal Response Team and the Johnson County Animal Response Team.

On Nov. 1 and 6, team members from BuCART drove to Topeka to retrieve three truckloads of supplies. Thanks to this generous donation the BuCART CAMET (Companion Animal Mobile Equipment Trailer) is stocked and ready to respond to disasters in Butler County.

Butler County Emergency Management and BuCART entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Central Kansas Community Foundation in July of this year to establish a gift fund for BuCART. This allows tax deductible cash and in-kind  donations to be made through the Foundation for the benefit of BuCART.

A team meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Butler County Emergency Management training room, 2100 N. Ohio, Augusta.

The agenda includes a presentation by team member Carla King-Longacre on animal search and rescue training she attended on Oct. 6-9 in Leawood. This training included high and low angle rescues and swift water rescues of large and small animals. Butler County Emergency Management funded the training.

The meeting will recap 2014 events, training and donations, plus prepare the 2015 events calendar.

Anyone interested in learning about the team or becoming a volunteer is invited to attend.