Piedmont Emergency Animal Response Team (PEART)

PEARTThe Piedmont Emergency Animal Response Team (PEART) is a collaborative and regional, nonprofit partnership composed of community volunteers and stakeholders that are dedicated to the wellbeing of all animals. View information flyer (PDF).

Our Mission

The Piedmont Emergency Animal Response Team is committed to coordinating an effective animal response prior to, during and after emergencies and disasters.


  • To safely and humanely assist animals, their caretakers and local response agencies and organizations before, during and after emergencies and disasters by utilizing the core principals of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command Structure (ICS) that was developed by FEMA.
  • To provide appropriate and required training that supports PE ART’s Mission.
  • To conduct public outreach in order to promote pet and animal preparedness within the community and to recruit PE ART volunteers.
  1. Animal Emergency
  2. Who's Involved in PEART?
  3. PEART Service Area
  4. Training
  5. Join PEART

Please utilize the following information for animal related issues.

If you have a small animal (a pet) or a larger animal and have needs for assistance in Forsyth County, please contact the Forsyth County Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 5570 Sturmer Park Cir. Winston-Salem, NC  27105.  The shelter is Monday-Saturday between the hours of 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 to 5:00 pm, closed Sundays and holidays.  The shelter administrative offices can be reached by calling (336) 703-2480 during the hours listed above.  You can also contact the shelter through email at shelter@forsyth.cc.  

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services officers enforce NC State law and Forsyth County Ordinances related to animal welfare, cruelty, neglect and rabies enforcement.  Should you have a complaint regarding a possible law or ordinance violation the Sheriff’s Office can be reached 24/7 by calling (336) 727-2112.  

***All questions concerning surrender of owned or found pets should be directed to the Forsyth County Animal Shelter directly and not the Sheriff’s Office.  Owners/care takers of pets will need to work with shelter staff on scheduling a surrender date/time. Do not call the Sheriff’s Office for the surrender of animals. ***


Forsyth County Animal Shelter https://forsyth.cc/AnimalShelter/default

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Animal Service Division  https://forsyth.cc/sheriff/animalser_home.aspx

Forsyth Humane Society https://forsythhumane.org


Injured and Orphaned Wildlife information

Call PEART for large animal rescue and disaster response (examples: cows or horses stuck in mud; pig, cow or horse transportation incidents)

Contact PEART

Get more information or get added to our email list.

Michelle Brock
PEART Coordinator
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management
Office: 336-917-7074
Cell: 336-407-2425

Scottie Emerson
PEART Operations Officer
Cell: 336-403-9932