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Providing Prevention Response & Recovery for Animal Emergencies


Region 5 at the "paws for the cause" event on sun Oct 6th


All 5 Regions will be holding two meeting/training sessions a year.
All volunteers and new trainees are welcome to attend any meeting, in any Region

September (Region 3) : Thurs Sept 20th, 7:00pm 
Location: North Canton Fire House, 540 Cherry Brook Rd, N. Canton, CT
Topic: Equine Disaster Preparedness & CTSART

October (Region 4):
 Date: Tues Oct 9th 7:00pm
Topic: Foreign Animal Diseases
Location: U Conn, WB Young Building Rm 327
1376 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4090

November (Region 5):
Tues Nov 13th, 7:00pm
Location: Torrington Firehouse, 117 Water St Torrington CT
Topic: What if it was CT? And more... CTSART preparedness?

January (Region 1): TBA

February (Region 2): TBA

March (Region 3): TBA

April (Region 4): TBA

May (Region 5):
Saturday May 4th, 2019
 Location TBA
 Topic: CTSART Statewide Training Drill

June (Region 1) TBA

July (Region 2): TBA

Sept (Region 3): TBA

October (Region 4): TBA

November (Region 5): TBA

Providing Prevention Response & Recovery for Animal Emergencies

The Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART) program is a collaboration among government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and volunteers for preparing and responding to animal needs in disasters. It is a public-private partnership, organized to prepare our state for any disaster that involves domestic animals in Connecticut. CTSART is the signature program of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation.


  • To facilitate a prompt, effective response to emergencies involving animals in Connecticut
  • To decrease the health and safety threat to people and animals
  • To minimize the economic impact of animal issues in emergencies
  • To prevent or decrease the spread of animal disease in emergencies

CTSART missions include deployment of co-located companion animal evacuation shelters, building volunteer networks trained and state certified to assist with animal needs in disasters and public education.

CTSART Steering Committee Representation

  • Capitol Region Emergency Planning Committee
  • Connecticut Department of Agriculture
  • Connecticut Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association
  • Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation
  • United States Department of Agriculture

 Serving Emergency Support Function 11, Animal Response, Across Connecticut

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Current News and events:


SUNDAY SEPT 16, 2018
(Rain Date
 Sept 23rd)


Winsted Fire Safety Day

10:00am 2:00pm

                                          Tiffany Gaylord Playground, Rowley St Winsted

SUNDAY SEPT 23, 2018   

Ridgefield Safety Day


Edge Middle School

10 East Ridge Rd Ridgefield, CT  

SUNDAY OCT 21, 2018     

ROAR Fall Festival


Ballard Park Main St Ridgefield, CT

The CTSART trailers will be at the above  events.  

05/03/13 Trauma Training for the (CTSART): Mitigating The Emotional Impact of Emergencies
04/29/11 Donna Cobelli-Veterinarian of the year- The Ridgefield Press
01/28/11 Peter Conserva on scene at Barn Collapse. EyeWitness News 3
01/28/11 Peter Conserva on scene at Barn Collapse. News 8
09/08/10 Ridgefield Press: In an emergency, what happens to our pets?
09/02/10 Region 5 deployed due to Hurricane Earl
06/08/10 Milford-Orange Bulletin
08.26.09 See us at USATODAY®
07.14.09 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER)
05.12.09 Connecticut Council of Municipalities
04.17.09 Middletown Mass Care Exercise
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