About Us

SMART is a coordinated network of public and private agencies and organizations, all committed to addressing the needs of animals in emergencies and disasters.

Representatives of various interested organizations began meeting long before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Southeast in 2005.  SMART became a stand alone nonprofit organization in 2009 but our mission remains the same: To provide timely and effective response to animal populations in disaster situations.

While we focus on animals SMART’s work is also about the safety and health of people.

The SMART board of directors includes representatives from:

  • Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts
  • Animal Rescue League of Boston
  • Massachusetts Animal Coalition
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association
  • Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Technician Association
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

The Advisory Council includes representatives from:

  • American Humane
  • American Red Cross
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
  • Phillips Feed Company
  • Red Rover (formerly United Animal Nations)
  • United States Department of Agriculture

At the operational level our efforts are organized into teams.  Each team focuses on a specific area of emergency response.  The different skill sets of our volunteer leaders may be called into action.  By organizing in this way we are able to effectively fulfill our mission.  The teams are:

  • Assessment
  • Shelter Operations
  • Veterinary Services
  • Search and Rescue/Animal Control Officer/Specialized Animal Species

If you are interested in volunteering please refer to the “Volunteer” page.  To donate please click below.