About Us

Wisconsin Large Animal Emergency Response (WLAER) is nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating emergency response, animal control, and veterinary personnel in technical emergency response involving large animals – primarily horses and cattle. WLAER also serves in a support and response role for large animal emergencies.

Whether an animal is in a trailer accident, submerged in mud or water, trapped into a ravine, cast in a stall, or has fallen on barnyard ice and cannot get up, it is human nature to want to help. But large animals can be unpredictable, especially when in desperate, life or death situations. When stressed and trapped, livestock can injure themselves, property, and the people around them. Further injury to the animal, as well as to the person who seeks to aid the animal, can occur if the rescue is not performed in an organized, efficient, and safe manner. Wisconsin Large Animal Emergency Response exists to increase survival rates of livestock being handled during emergencies while increasing the safety and efficiency of first responders and veterinarians by implementing training programs and assisting with responses.

Our goals:

  • Improve health outcomes associated with the handling of large animals during emergencies while increasing the safety and efficiency of first responders and veterinarians
  • Provide an efficient, well-trained, and specialized emergency team response for large animal emergencies
  • Create a model for future county and state response

Firemen with WLAER