Even though EARS was founded with the focus of disaster response for animal in mind, our organization has evolved to include what has become the thing we are most well known for - providing emergency transport for animals in need. Our unique equipment, capabilities, and training, make our team the perfect choice for providing this much-needed service throughout Connecticut, and we are proud to offer it.
Every member of EARS is trained in pet first aid and emergency response, which it akin to the knowledge and skills that human emergency services have. Because of this, even our friends in the Fire, EMS, and Police departments often call us the "Animal EMTs," and we can be called out by them when there are animals involved at their incident scenes. Through the use of our specially equipped SUVs, as well as our Rescue 2 Animal Ambulance Critical Care Unit (the only one in Connecticut), we respond to all sorts of emergencies at all hours of the day and night.
Not every member of the EARS Team is involved with our emergency transport services though. Those who do respond, whether it be in their own vehicles or in our ambulance, must go through additional "advanced support" training for animals, which includes aspects such as monitoring vital signs, addressing issues during transport to a hospital, and being certified in Pet CPR and Animal Triage as well as on-scene operations so that they can work in conjunction with our first responders for humans.