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Emergency & Disaster Programs

When a natural or man-made disaster strikes, both people and their animals are affected. In Massachusetts, funds for MVMA Charities' programs benefit animals and their caregivers when they need it most.

The Emergency and Disaster Program provides funds for:

  • Disaster and emergency response, recovery, mitigation and planning

  • Education for animal owners about preparing for disasters

  • Training for teams about how to respond to urgent events

The MVMA Charities supports the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART) annually in their efforts to address the needs of animals in emergencies and disasters.

Is your community prepared for a disaster? In 2014 Governor Deval Patrick signed into law an Act Ensuring the Safety of People with Pets in DisastersThis law requires the municipalities of Massachusetts to create an emergency plan of operations to support the needs of people with household pets and the needs of household pets under their care, including service animals.

Is your practice prepared for a disaster? Having a disaster plan is critical for any practice, big or small. The AVMA Guide to Writing a Veterinary Practice Emergency Plan is a helpful resource.

The MVMA Charities is proud of its Pet Oxygen Mask Program, a component of our emergency relief.


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