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Disaster Animal Response
Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team Initiative

This initiative was developed to help meet the needs of pets and pet owners during and following emergencies and disasters.

The initiative examined current capabilities of various animal and sheltering stakeholder organizations to respond to meet the needs of pets and their owners during and following emergencies and disasters which threaten the region. Additionally, an animal sheltering exercise was designed to validate operational concepts that were currently being utilized. The initiative also faciliated work with animal and sheltering organizations to develop Pet Friendly Shelter plans and procedures.