These are pictures of our first training in January/February 0f 2009. 22 CERT graduates received their Lamorinda DART IDs after going through 17-hours of animal sheltering training and after taking several FEMA classes online.

The training took five weeks and consisted of 9 hours of class time where we learned about veterinary medical issues, animal care, shelter administration and management. We then had two days of drill where we set up a temporary animal shelter.

The resources came from the Contra Costa County Animal Services Department which has kindly agreed to station one of its emergency response trailers in Moraga. Animal Control officers attended most of the training

We immediately started planning additional training. Some of our graduates were from neighboring cities (Pleasant Hill, Concord and Walnut Creek). We will help them establish their own DARTs. When that happens, we may be able to combine forces on a county level as the Contra Costa County Animal Response Team (CoCoDART).

In the meantime, visit our web site at to see what we are up to!



Lamorinda DART is a new breed of disaster animal response team. We are part of our local CERT group.

When other rescue groups negotiate to be allowed into a disaster zone, we will already be there. We are first responders, for all animals...