Chartered in 2017, CVDART is a chapter of the Vermont Disaster Animal Response Team which was established to strengthen and support the state’s capacity to respond to animal needs in the event of a disaster.
We provide vital resources and advice to pet owners, animal-related businesses and non-profits, local communities, and state agencies in this area.
Our goal is to provide uniformity and excellence in response to animal needs by training and exercising our volunteers in best practices and providing local emergency managers with guidance on including the community’s pet population in local response plans.
Our Amazing Sponsors
Lisa Lemieux, Chair/President
Sandy retired two years ago from a long career in project management to spend time skiing, biking, traveling around the US in her RV and to Europe, and volunteering. She is currently a volunteer and board member of the Central Vermont Humane Society and supports the HSUS Animal Response Team. Her family includes a husband, Peter, and a very spoiled cat, Cleo.
Angie Garand, Treasurer
Angie’s love of animals comes from growing up on a dairy farm. She loves being outdoors skiing or hiking as well. She is now retired after many, many years of bookkeeping, and volunteers with Central VT Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society of United States, CVDART and supports Central VT Humane Society. She lives in Williamstown with her husband, Jim and their fur babies, Chinook, Shadow & Mittens.
Retiring from the State of Vermont after 30+ years gave John even more time to spend in community service. Previously a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for central Vermont, he joined CVDART at its inception. He is also a dedicated member of the Montpelier Tree Board, promoting and caring for the urban tree canopy. He enjoys traveling and camping with his wife Kim and their dog Star.
Kate Taylor is a woodworker by trade. She lives with her partner, a dog, two cats and a small flock of chickens. Kate enjoys teaching her dog useless tricks, hiking in new places, taking photos of water, and writing non fiction. She has always loved animals and CVDART gives her a chance to give back to the furred and feathered community.