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.



CMDART volunteers from North Central Mass practice using a microchip scanner on ” Duff”  a 9yr old Corgi.  Volunteers were doing a refresh training of best practices for emergency sheltering procedures for pet owners affected by disasters.

Also volunteering for scanning was “Theodore”, a four year old Newfie. What s great group of volunteers up there…dedicated, skilled, and committed. Enjoyed tonight, sharing ideas and learning from each other.








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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 



More than 100 cats and dogs died in one Bahama shelter during  Hurricane Dorian. 

CMDART donated $125.00 from some of their proceeds from Pet Rock 2019.



More than 100 cats and dogs being housed in an animal shelter on Grand Bahama died in Hurricane Dorian’s overwhelming floodwaters, according to shelter representatives.

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama in Freeport was housing about 155 cats and at least 135 dogs when Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, parking over the Caribbean Islands for more than two days.

Some of the animals were shelter residents, while some had been dropped off by pet owners who couldn’t evacuate with or take care of their animals during the storm.

About 80 cats and 90 dogs survived, according to the shelter. The Miami Herald reported that, in all, 113 cats and dogs died during the storm.




Greet, Reach, Teach Gathering

“CMDART recently held a Greet, Reach, Teach gathering 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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Pet First Aid Pouch Kit
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.

Congress is poised to make a big step for animals in times of disasters and emergencies. The Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters (PREPARED) Act, H.R. 1042, will mandate that facilities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act, such as puppy mills, research facilities, zoos and other businesses need to be prepared for disasters.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the PREPARED Act today.

Currently, enterprises covered by the Animal Welfare Act aren’t required to have disaster plans for the animals under their care. The PREPARED Act will fix this by requiring those facilities to submit annual disaster preparedness plans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and outline specific instructions for various emergency situations.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative now and urge them to support the PREPARED Act. You can say, “Please co-sponsor the PREPARED Act and do all you can to get it passed quickly. This simple and smart reform will require disaster plans for animals in puppy mills, zoos, laboratories and other facilities subject to the Animal Welfare Act.” After your call, please send a follow-up message.  Take Action

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