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Animal Care Emergency Programs (ACEP)


Animal Care Emergency Programs envisions a nation working together to protect the public through ensuring the safety and well-being of animals during disasters.  Supporting animal safety and well-being during disasters is a significant factor in ensuring the safety and well-being of people.

Animal Care’s Emergency Programs

  • Provides national leadership on the safety and well-being of pets during disasters.
  • Promotes effective planning at the local, state, tribal and national level.
  • Delivers training in the management of pets during disasters.
  • Mobilizes highly trained AC personnel to provide technical assistance, resource management, and response
  • Provides contingency planning guidance to facilities regulated under the AWA.

More info on our program

Learn more about the Animal Welfare Act Contingency Regulation Final Rule

Useful links to external sites

Meeting and Events


USDA-APHIS-Animal Care Engages Actively in Outreach

We have been busy attending and preparing for national and State conferences, including FEMA's Individual Assistance/ESF 6 Conference; National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Meeting; the Joint Summer Conference for Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Associations; the American Veterinary Medical Association National Meeting; and the Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition Animals in Disaster Workshop. In addition ACEP staff and field personnel have been meeting with many States and national partners to discuss pet issues.

Program Managers


If you have any questions about USDA Animal Care Emergency Programs, please contact:

Dr. Kevin Dennison, APHIS Western Region

Dr. Jeanie Lin, APHIS Eastern Region

Vacant, APHIS Headquarters





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Last Modified: April 26, 2010

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