CMDART is an independent, charitable, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. We provide information, training, support, supplies and personnel to help plan, prepare and respond to aid animals affected by man-made or natural disasters at all levels of disasters according to our capabilities and resources.

Assistance Animals: An Overview
CEU’s for ACO’s available!!

May 11 and May 19, 6:30-8:45 p.m. Two dates, same program. Limit 85 per date.

$25 course registration.
Additional donations appreciated to help donation losses in 2020.

Sponsorships welcome. 

On-line webinar for EMDs,CERTs,DARTs,Red Cross, and anyone else who wants to learn more.

Attendees will be able to distinguish between the different types of assistant animals: emotional support, therapy, working, and service animals and the levels of public access afforded to each type. Presenters will review the specialized training required for service dogs, working dogs, and therapy animals and why registration or certification is important for the animal and handler. The presenters will review how the public, businesses, and emergency service agencies may respond to individuals accompanied by an assistance animal. The program includes consideration of the current COVID-19 climate.

CEU’s for Animal Control Officers in process. Zoom link for program will be sent prior to the date.

Sign up using this link: OR register by sending your name and email to  Please put Assistance Animal in the subject line. Questions? Call 508-803-1989. We will respond promptly.



Pat Adams, M.Ed.
CMDART, Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Jennifer Johnston
CMDART, MRC, Pet Partners, HOPE AACR, K9 First Responders

Officer Len Gosselin
Bellingham Police Department

K9/SRO/ Proactive Services
U.S.P.C.A Regional Judge Patrol & Detection
Local & State K9 Academy’s {Patrol Dog 12-16 Weeks}           {Detection 6-12 Weeks}
Monthly In-service Training, National Certifications
CMDART’s Transport/Logistics Team

Annie Jones
Certificate: Animal Assisted Therapy, Harcum College;, Pet Partner Therapy, Association of Professional Dog Trainers;
Private Service Dog Trainer specializing in public access training; Prison pup program for a service dogs;
member of International Association for Canine Professionals and AKC Canine Good Citizen trainer/evaluator.

Cindy Martelli, RN

A Special interview on the benefits of Emotional Support animals.



Webinar Host: JoAnn Griffin, LICSW
President and Team Lead
CMDART, DMH, SAF Certified trainer American Red Cross,CERT MRC, and Critical Incident Response.

CMDART worked in collaboration with Leominster/Fitchburg Animal
Control officers Todd Pickett and Julie Busa


 It was a huge success, with almost all 24 families showing up to receive services. Paula and her MEMA colleagues did a fabulous job organizing it (as usual), and from my experience it was one of the most smoothly run RRCs that I have ever been to (thanks in large part to The Red Cross for managing the flow).
A huge Thank you to these VOAD agencies/partners:

Tzu Chi • CMDART • Salvation Army   • Red Cross Emotional and Spiritual Care (via NEDCA) • HOPE Animal Crisis Response • Catholic Charities • REquipment DME reuse  (remote services) • Center for Living & Working, Inc. (remote services) • Southern Baptists (not present, but offering services now)

flyer for the May 25th Webinar: Self Care during COVID

COVID-19  NEWS and helpful links on our Emergency page.


Pet First Aid Training & CPR

Webster/Fitchburg – Central Mass… 

Would you like to reduce your trips to the veterinary?
Want to know how to help your pet in an emergency?


Twenty-four (24) people attended the Pet First Aid Training sponsored by the Central Mass Disaster Animal Response Team today (March 7, 2020) at Fitchburg Fire Dept.

 Fitchburg/Leominster and Sterling Animal Control,  Fitchburg and Leominster Emergency Management  and CMDART volunteers practiced CPR, wound wraps, checking for vital signs, basic first aid and much more.
The course was taught by Honor Blume of Pet Tech who is also a member of the Berkshire DART team. CMDART also held the same course February 16 at Webster FD with 21 attendees. 
Several participants have signed up for CMDARTS upcoming animal disaster training course being held March 21 in Templeton.
For more information, contact

Greet, Reach, Teach Gathering

“CMDART  held one of its Greet, Reach programs, to provide an opportunity for our volunteers to gather together, enjoy meeting, and learn some new skills together.  Our special guests were from the Humane Society of the United States talking about our year-long deployment of volunteers to aid emergency animal sheltering for the Great Dane incident in New Hampshire.  more than 500 volunteers from cross the country, including 12 from our team, deployed to aid the massive task of doing emergency animal sheltering for 84 Great Danes who eventually were re-homed. 

The second Greet, Reach Teach, included guest speakers Michael Keiley, from the MSPCA, speaking on their response to the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion. CMDART had readied volunteers and equipment for mutual aid, but eventually only supplied goods to some of the shelters set up in that area.  Ilene Segal, DVM, from SMART, also joined us at G,R.T, to help us review some basic vital signs and pet first aid we would do at an emergency situation/shelter.

We were glad to have a couple of animal control, members of the local CERT teams,  and Medical Reserve Corps attend the events held at the American Red Cross building in Worcester.   



Planning to Evacuate with Your Pet

Click Here To Read About Disaster Preparedness For Your Pet


Just as you would with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for your pet’s survival and care after a disaster event.
ProPac offers a tremendous selection of pet care products during times of an emergency.
Below are a sample of these items, plus you can find more online here.
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Handy Grab and Go® Pet First Aid kit is ideal for home, travel and outdoor activities. This kit is ideal for dogs under 40 pounds and cats.
          • Compact, moisture resistant standup pouch fits easily into a backpack, glovebox or drawer.
          • Easy to carry and resealable
          • Pouch features see-through back to find what you need fast!
          • Tough metal foil/plastic laminate on the front.
          • Measures 6″ W x 9.25″ H x 2.5″ D
          • Product weight 9 oz.

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