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Assistance animals webinar

May 12, 2021 09:04AM ● By Chuck Tashjian
The Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team is hosting a live webinar via Zoom on May 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on the subject of assistance animals. Attendees will be able to distinguish between the different types of assistant animals: emotional support, therapy, working, and service animals and the levels of public access afforded to each type. Presenters will review the specialized training required for service dogs, working dogs, and therapy animals and why registration or certification is important for the animal and handler. The presenters will review how the public, businesses, and emergency service agencies may respond to individuals accompanied by an assistance animal. The program includes consideration of the current COVID-19 climate. Continuing Education Credits for Animal Control Officers have been approved.  Please go to  for more information and to sign up. 
Seeking volunteers
CMDART is seeking volunteer board applicants. Several volunteer roles are needed including an co-chairman, events coordinator, a clerk, social media manager, fund-raising, and a logistics coordinator to help manage response equipment.  Individuals with skills in some form of business management or non-profit management are desirable.  For more information and a volunteer job description of all positions, contact [email protected] or [email protected] or call 508-803-1989. For more information about CMDART go to