ESF-8 includes those partners that assist in the management of animals when a disaster occurs. Kansas State Animal Response Team (KS SART) is a non-profit organization that trains and organizes local/regional Animal Response Teams whose primary mission is the search/recovery, treatment, and sheltering of animals in a disaster.
Evidence has shown that both humans and animals fare better during a disaster when allowed to have access to their pets. The realization that human lives have been lost in disasters because of a lack to account for the bond between people animals and their pets makes animal response an integral part of disaster response.
Animal Response Teams initially set up a temporary animal shelter to house displaced animals. These shelters are placed as close as possible to shelters for citizens. They also help control the spread of disease during disasters by controlling stray animals and treating sick animals.