You have probably seen or heard about the massive damage caused by hurricanes Henri and Ida, the fires in the West and the torrential rains in the South. You may know that organizations exist to provide temporary housing for people forced to evacuate their homes, but are you aware that Vermont also has an organization ready to mobilize to care for your pets in such a situation?
When families must evacuate their homes VDART (Vermont Disaster Animal Response Team) steps in to provide emergency shelters for pets. VDART has teams across the state trained to deal with such emergencies. According to their mission statement:
“Our goal is to provide uniformity and excellence in response to animal needs by training and exercising our volunteers in best practices, supporting the development of regional DART teams throughout the state, and providing local emergency managers with guidance on including the community’s pet population in local response plans.”
(Visit their website: https://vermontdart.org/ for more information.)
Recently, hurricane Henri threatened to hit our area and VDART alerted team members to be prepared to mobilize. If the idea of taking part in this rewarding work appeals to you consider attending the free Emergency Animal Sheltering (EAS) training, hosted by CVDART (Central Vermont Disaster Animal Response Team). This is a state wide event, open to both VDART members and interested members of the public. Previous sheltering experience is not required to attend.
This will be hands-on training. Visit https://vermontdart.org/training-2021/ for more information and to register. Open to all. Proof of COVID Vaccination required.