Ways to Donate

For more information about CMDART or to make a contribution of any size, contact treasurer@cmdart.org or call 508-476-2873.
To make a donation by mail, please send a check payable to:


Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc. P.O. Box 1317, Douglas, MA 01516

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“Tags for Tails” 2018  benefits animals in disaster


            Douglas – Have you started your spring cleaning? Do you have a move planned and need a great cause to donate your stuff to? Are you an expert at holding yard sales? 

The Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (CMDART) will hold its  seventh annual “Tags for Tails” yard sale June 2, 7– 5 p.m. (rain or shine)  at the Douglas Fire Department and Highway Barn Lawn on Rte. 16, Douglas. We will start taking items second week of April following our April 7 (training) until noon on May 30. Severe rain prediction, sale will be held June 3.

 CMDART is in need of people who can assist the collection, organizing and pricing of items prior to the event and helping the day of if possible.  Also, if you are having a yard sale and want to make a small contribution to the team, it is greatly appreciated.  

Disasters, including fires, winter storms and other incidents are increasing. CMDART needs funds to maintain the mission of helping our communities to plan, prepare and respond when animals are affected by disasters. The proceeds of this sale help to fund some basic costs for the team’s continued service each year such as management of our disaster response trailers, sponsoring disaster trainees and materials, purchasing public prevention education materials and more.   


            Please note: NO ITEMS ARE TO BE DROPPED AT THE DOUGLAS FIRE STATION and please do not call the fire station with questions.


CMDART is an independent, private, non-profit 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charity.  Items donated should be priced with a reasonable value on them as this will help us greatly. Receipts for donations will be offered if requested.  

To donate items, to volunteer to assist the sale/s call 508-803-1989 to let us know that you have items to contribute. Calls will be returned with a time and location to drop your items. Limited pickup service is available within a reasonable distance of Douglas for a $20 donation.


Items CMDART can accept:

Small items of furniture (end tables, lamps, framed pictures) in good, clean condition, books, CDs, jewelry, linens in nice condition, toys and games, tools (old and new), household items, healthy plants (perennials especially appreciated),  dishes, pet related items are especially appreciated and seasonal items. Specialty crafts appreciated. Clothing, if clean, pressed and sorted by size and gender. CMDART is also accepting gift cards for silent auction or to help gather more items.

Items CMDART can NOT accept:

Electronics (computers, printers, TVs), bedding, large pieces of exercise equipment, large appliances, no children’s furniture, and hazardous materials such as paint and fertilizer. Limited Christmas items. No pet or other perishable food.

Want to volunteer with us?

Are you interested in taking a course to become a CMDART volunteer? Contact membership@cmdart.org or sign up for an introductory course.   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. CMDART serves the local and regional communities of Central Massachusetts and particularly Worcester County. Animals affected by disaster can include small and large animals such as pets, livestock, and exotics. CMDART aids communities that seek to comply with the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act), which requires that household pets and service animals be included in local and state planning.

            CMDART is also seeking positions on their Board of Directors. Go to our Facebook page or website www.cmdart.org  for more information.

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Pet Go Kits

Be ready for an emergency for your pets! Purchase Pet Go Kits at any of our upcoming events or by mail.
Each kit is $20.00 each at events. $5.00 additional for mailing in the US.Each kit
includes our own CMDART designed personal preparedness literature.



There are many ways you can donate to the Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team. From an online gift to a donation of goods (such as leashes and food bowls), your contribution will have a major impact on the lives of people and their pets affected by disasters.

CMDART, Inc. is an independent, charitable, 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, and does not benefit from any state or federal funding. The organization depends solely upon grants and private contributions to full fill its mission.

Donate Now

Make a donation today and help us continue to provide information, training, support supplies, and personnel to help plan, prepare, and respond to aid animals affected by man-made or natural disasters



Donate Goods

Donations of clean, usable pet supplies. Office products, or other emergency equipment are always greatly appreciated. Donations of pet food are accepted at the time of a disaster only.

CMDART reserves the right to refuse products that we cannot use or store at the time of donation.


Thankful for the ability to complete our mission

 CMDART is grateful for private donors who have helped us “feed the pig”, as we call it. As many of you know, our little “feed the pig” program, seen at many of our events, is literally asking for private donations in a piggy bank, that helps us pay for our equipment storage lockers and storage supplies, bookkeeping and accounting fees, office supplies, registration of our response trailers, website management and other basic operating expenses. As you can imagine, most grantors are funding causes for more severe human needs right now that pushes pet organizations, in general, to the bottom of the pile.

“People think of large disasters like Hurricane Katrina when they think of disasters and don’t realize we have a number of incident in Central Mass ” says JoAnn Griffin, LICSW, President and Team Director for CMDART. “Fires, floods, hazardous waste incidents, snow storms and economic change can all affect large numbers of pet owners. During the ice storm, elderly had to be evacuated from their apartments and homes and were refusing because they didn’t want to leave their pets behind. This creates a public safety, public health risk. “

CMDART works in cooperation with local emergency management, local animal control officers and public health departments and aids municipalities which seek to comply with the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS ACT). This law, established in October 2006, require s local and state emergency preparedness authorities to include household pets and service animals in their evacuation plans. Animals affected by disasters can include small and large animals such as pets livestock and exotics.

For more information about CMDART or to make a contribution of any size, contact treasurer@cmdart.org or call 508-476-3677.


To make a donation by mail, please send a check payable to:

Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc.

P.O. Box 1317, Douglas, MA 01516




If you are a Federal Employee or know a Federal employee, please ask them to consider making a contribution to CMDART,Inc. Our team has once again been approved to receive donations via the Combined Federal Campaign program through the assistance of the Animal Welfare Fund. The CFC is a program that encourages federal employees to make contributions to charities of their choosing. The CDC reference code for CMDART is # 22157. We are listed under Disaster Animal Response Team for the following five zones: Eastern Massachusetts, Greater Hartford, Northern NE (Vermont and New Hampshire), Rhode Island and Southeast Mass, plus Western Mass. We are very grateful to the Animal Welfare Fund for helping us to get approved again. For those of you who have already contributed, we thank you very much for supporting our mission.