HACKENSACK N.J. – The Bergen County Sheriff's Office will offer a 10-week program to become a volunteer for the Bergen County Animal Response Team (CART). The CART team is comprised of certified volunteers who respond, rescue, and shelter animals in emergency situations.

The free program starts on September 18 at 7 p.m. and runs through December 5. Classes will take place at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute located at 281 Campgaw Road in Mahwah.   

The volunteers will learn about topics including Animal Preparedness, Animal Bite Safety, Animal Rescue & Evacuations, Understand Animal Behaviors, Handling Livestock Safely, and Disaster Sheltering for Companions. The program is open to all lovers of animals who are interested in learning about how to care for them in the event of an emergency or disaster. 

To sign up for this 10 week program, please email Gidget Petry for more information at gpetry@bcsd.us.