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The mission of Animal Emergency Working Group of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture is to provide guidelines for rapid response to disasters affecting the health, safety, and welfare of animals.  Veterinary medicine and animal care resources in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery include, but are not limited to, small and large animal care, facility usage, displaced pet/livestock assistance, and waste disposal.

19th Annual Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) Symposium

The NJDA is excited to announce our 19th Annual Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) Symposium to be held at Middlesex County Fire Academy on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  This year we are focusing on County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) and animal sheltering during disasters at the first CART Intellectual Olympics


Challenge your CART sheltering skills in these real-world games: Are You Smarter than a St. Bernard?, The Game of CART, and Survivor!


  • Practice the core concepts from NJ's County Animal Response Team (CART) Manual
  • Work through real-world scenarios to implement the best solution for animal sheltering during disasters
  • Discover the expertise your team members have, as you exercise your problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to make the most out of the resources available to CARTs during a disaster



8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration & Team Assignments


9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks – Introduction to the day’s activities


9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Are You Smarter than a St. Bernard? – Teams compete to test their knowledge of the NJ CART Manual’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Program Framework, Planning Template, and Forms


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: LUNCH – Bring your own


12:45 pm – 2:45 pm: The Game of CART – In this board game, teams compete to design, organize, and setup their mock CART shelter while overcoming real-world challenges


2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Final CART Team Challenge: Survivor – Will your team be voted off the island?


3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Closing – Prizes, closing remarks, summary, and handouts to take back to your CART team…so you too can play at home.


Prizes will be awarded to the winning team!  Teams will be assigned based on prior experience to ensure the teams are equal.  So if you are interested in joining a CART, this is your opportunity to learn from experienced CART members!  Concepts covered will be broad-based for any NJ CART. 


Cost is $5 per person.  Please bring your own lunch.  Registration closes April 15, 2017.  There will be a limited number of participants, so please send in your registration form with $5 payment early to reserve your spot.  Sorry, no onsite registration.  Please click on the links below for the required registration form and associated materials. 


The fillable PDF Registration Form and associated materials for the AEWG 2017 Symposium:

19th Annual Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) Symposium Registration Form

NJ CART Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

NJ CART Planning Template

NJ CART Program Framework