Thurston County Animal Response Coalition (TCARC)


Contact Us:
Phone: 360-867-2800
Fax: 360-867-2811


Mailing Address:
9521 Tilley Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512

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Updated:  November 16, 2015 08:55 AM


The role of the Thurston County Animal Response Coaliton (TCARC) is to promote education, safety, and disaster assistance planning to animal owners and animal / agriculture agencies, and to assist with evacuation, care and the subsequent safe return of animals displaced by natural and man-made disasters.

The responsibilities and powers of TCARC shall extend to the following functions:

  • Address problems and issues which by their nature require coordinated planning, research, information sharing, implementation and administration.

  • Undertake planning, exercise and training activities which the membership agrees should be done collectively.

  • Be a forum for cooperation and work with local agencies to maintain pet-friendly disaster shelters.

  • Train all TCARC volunteers in Disaster Animal Preparedness and Rescue.

  • Give presentations to agencies, organizations, schools and clubs about animal disaster preparedness.

  • Help each member agency to prepare a Continuity of Operations Plan/Business Continuity Plan as well as stakeholder agencies when requested by the stakeholder agency.

  • Create and maintain a resource management list.

  • Maintain at least one trained animal response/rescue team and at least five veterinary members.

The TCARC meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. 

For more information, or if you would like to attend, please contact Hollie Smith at


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