Non-profit helping pets during disaster

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Sedgwick County non-profit has been helping pets after a disaster since an EF5 tornado hit Greensburg, KS in 2007.

The Sedgwick County Animal Response Team is called in by emergency responders to find animals that couldn’t make it out and give them a place to stay.

“Pet safety is human safety,” said Jeannette Livingston, SCART Board Chair. “Folks will not evacuate or folks will go back before it's safe to save their pets."

SCART was called this summer to help victims of the flooding in Mulvane, when a woman who was displaced by the flooding needed somewhere for her pets to stay.

"Tornados, floods, ice storms someone needed to be there for the animals and the pets that are affected,” said Livingston.

To keep up its mission, the non-profit relies entirely on donations.

“The Devaughn James Injury Lawyers is very thankful to SCART and all the great work you do in our community,” said Richard James of DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers who donated $500 to SCART for KAKEland Cares, Wins for Kansas.

"You have to have the trained volunteers ready and able to respond and that $500 will go a long way to doing that.  We appreciate it very much,” said Livingston.

For more information, including how to volunteer and donate, click here.