Established in early 2006, the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) is an outgrowth of the unprecedented disaster season of 2005, during which major storms – most notably Hurricane Katrina – impacted more people and animals than any other storm in the history of the United States.

In the aftermath of that storm season, the major national animal protection organizations in the U.S. met to discuss ways in which our animal disaster response resources could be used most collaboratively and effectively in future events.

In the years since Hurricane Katrina, this collective of organizations has developed and grown into a strong Coalition whose mission is to identify, prioritize and find collaborative solutions to major human-animal emergency issues.  This Coalition of national organizations represents millions of animal welfare, animal care, and animal control professionals, volunteers, and pet owners.  NARSC is arguably the largest collective of experienced, qualified animal rescue and sheltering management professionals in the country.  Member agencies have cooperatively responded nationally and internationally to natural disasters such as wildfires, flooding, ice storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and to man-made animal disasters including puppy mills and hoarders.

Narsc works at the state level and engages only with state authorities having authority over animal issues. NARSC only deploys when officially activated by a state authority.