Team Leader Christopher D'Arpino has been accepted and certified as a RED STAR member of the Americane Humane Society. 

 American Humane Association is the nation’s voice for protecting children and animals. For almost 100 years, our Red Star Animal Emergency Services team has been involved in helping animals in disasters, from the war torn lands of Europe during World War I, to the massive devastation from natural disasters such as Hurricane Floyd and Andrew, to the tragedy caused by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to puppy mills from coast to coast. American Humane Association continues to stay resolute in helping animals that get left behind or are treated unfairly and are unable to help themselves.

Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of our Red Star Animal Emergency Services Team. By being part of this team, you will be a force that American Humane Association can activate to quickly respond to an area until the local communities can get themselves back on their feet. Your commitment and willingness to deploy is integral to the success of our missions.

Thank you and welcome aboard! We look forward to working with you in the future


Watch SSDART's own Dr. Sheila Darpino
(from Animal Rescue League of Boston) on Channel 5 - Chronicle

Who We Are

       The SSDART  is a stand a lone group affiliated only with the State of Mass. Animal rescue Team (SMART-MASS) and is comprised of Emergency management agency members, EMT's, veterinary health professionals,  pilots, engineers, extrication and Search and rescue professionals, as well as, very dedicated volunteers who are willing to learn and be educated in all aspects of emergency operations and shelter operations.  This group of dedicated people form a dominant and powerful team that allows each of their specific skill sets to be utilized for the betterment of animal welfare in times of disaster, crisis or peace time.  With peer cross training and group training each member of the team appreciates the aptitude of their fellow team mates and is able to assist competently in any situation.  Willing to go and do what others would not, this team is a unique and caring force. To be a member of this team is not only a privilege but an honor.

Animal House T.V. Show-

The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team is now producing and airing our T.V. show in150 communities and two countries on local access cable. If you would like your town to carry our show, give them a call and say "We Want Animal House"!!! Our show focuses on training, vet care at home, and always something exciting, likeworking with Beluga Whales, black bears, Ligers and baboons!!! If you have a question that you would like answered on the air, write to us at!!

In Home Family Dog Training!!

The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team is now offering in home family dog training. We will come to your home and train the whole family, whether it is one particular issue or just general good manners. Here is the BEST part...Our fee is a donation and we offer a more individualized approach allowing your dog to be comfortable in his own environment.

South Shore Disaster
Animal Rescue Team

Report Suspected Abuse & Neglect to your local animal control officer

Please help us help Them..... Make a $10 donation today!!!



SSDART Helps out the Scouts!!!

On Saturday December 1st 2012 FRA and SSDART staff members from both our United States and Canada offices met with 60 boy
scouts to finish off the BSA Merit Badge for Search and Rescue. The badge was started by the FRA with a classroom
night on November 20th 2012 in Mansfield MA. The badge is the first of its kind to be hosted as the badge was only
released to the scouting world in late 2012. On December 1st the scouts meet in North Attleboro where they conducted a
verity of Search and Rescue related operations and skills.

Scouts rounded six stations throughout the day. The stations included, (Technical Rescue) where scouts saw firsthand
the skills used by rope rescue teams, they also saw a demonstration on how hauling a im on a verity of rescue
equipment used in Confined Space Rescue, Rope Rescue, Wilderness Rescue and Urban Rescue. Scouts were taught
about why the different types of units carried the equipment they do. (Water Rescue) Scouts met with Master Rescue
Divers and saw dive rescue equipment, ice rescue suits, sleds, and boat crew gear used when water rescue and
searches are underway. (Fire Rescue) Scouts put on a mask and jump suit and entered a prop filled with heavy smoke;
they located and extricated a manikin to safety. This station simulated a search and rescue in a house fire.
(Orienteering) Scouts conducted a verity of operations using maps and compass to search for victim locations, set up
search grids and gave search teams coordinates to command units. (Wilderness Rescue) scouts were taught how to
conduct a hasty search and line search, they used clues and tracking to find a missing person’s trail.

During the scout’s lunch they were entertained by Search Dogs Northeast, a professional search and rescue dog team
from New England. SDNE showed the scouts two types of search dogs: a scent dog and a tracking dog. Scouts also
saw a demonstration on Technical Rescue and Emergency Medical Care in SAR operations. To conclude the day scouts
participated in a mock missing persons drill. Scouts entered deep into the woods looking for a missing person. Scouts
used clues such as a missing shoe, candy bar and more to establish a search area and home in on the victim. The
scouts found the victim and extricated him to safety while providing medical care

      Hurricane Sandy
The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team has responded here in Massachussetts  to the storm as well as New Jersey and other effected areas. The response to this storm would not have been possible without the continued donations.
  During the storm the South Shore Disaster Animal rescue Team was on stand-by for shelter and Search and Rescue with 5 different governemnt organizations and municipalities across the state.  After the storm we were immediately put to use in the most effected areas of the Northeast.

We continue to send supplies and volunteers to the affected areas.  We have plans to continue to deploy until the end of December.

    two SSDART volunteers deployed for 7 days in New Jersey

We will continue the mission of staffing the emergency shelters and providing supplies for as long as we can.  every donation goes directly to the shelters and in most cases is put to immediate use!
 Just some of the many suppplies heading to the emergency shelters and there is more needed.

We are in need of monetary donations, gas cards, dog and cat food, kitty litter, cages, blankets, towels, paper towels, and any gift cards.
Thank you for continuing to support the on going efforts.  together we can make the lives of each animal better!

Osprey Rescue

    Thanks to the quick thinking of the Wareham animal conrol officer a protected bird, the Osprey, is now safe and has been released back into the wild. 

    Thanks to the quick thinking of the Wareham animal conrol officer a protected bird, the Osprey, is now safe and has been released back into the wild. 

  The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team was dispatched to Wareham last night for an Osprey who had been hooked by a fishing lure and was unable to become free.  The Osprey, a protected species in the state of Massachusetts, is a bird of prey.  Knowing this, Wareham animal control officer, Cheryl- gorveatt-dill, contacted the department of wildlife and was on scene to assist in the rescue and arrange medical treatment for the osprey. “The osprey is a protected species in this state and by law we need to contact the department of wildlife and make them aware of what we have”. “Handling a bird of this nature is dangerous and because of its protected status we have one chance at doing everything right”  ”, said Dill. 

   Three vet techs, which are cross trained in rescue, arrived on scene and were able to gain control of the Osprey and remove the hook from the bird’s neck on site.  The osprey was unable to fly away under its own power and was clearly injured more than just the hook.  Animal Control Officer Cheryl- gorveatt-dill, was able to arrange for safe transport to a proper medical facility that could handle birds and wildlife.

  “The weather certainly played a part in this rescue, the wind and rain increased the medical risks to this bird” said Chris D’Arpino team leader of the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team.  “The osprey tolerated us and allowed us to remove the hook, this is a powerful bird who has the ability to do some damage to us if it wanted to, I’m glad it didn’t want to”. Quipped D’Arpino

  Once the Osprey was freed of the hook and transport was arranged the animal control officer had the osprey placed in a safe crate for immediate transport to the Cape Wildlife Center.  “If it wasn’t for Cheryl knowing what to do, what we had and how to get it done, there is no doubt in my mind this bird would have suffered needlessly and possibly died” said D’Arpino “Wareham is lucky to have her, we were just glad to help”

  Cheryl- gorveatt-dill, and Christopher D’Arpino also happen to be classmates at the Animal Control Officer of Massachusetts academy.  The academy is a ten week program of intense learning of laws, animal handling, special species and proper animal medical treatment. “We were just saying how thankful we were for the training we received from Mass Wildlife, came in handy tonight” said Dill.

By all accounts the osprey will be released back into the environment from which it was rescued and continue to keep watch over Wareham harbor, thanks to the quick work of the animal control officer and the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team.

'Timber' the cat is down

Rescuers pluck feline reported stuck in tree high above LaSalette Shrine for at least three days

Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 4:00 am

ATTLEBORO - A cat stuck for three days in a tree high above LaSalette Shrine was lowered safely to the ground Tuesday by the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team.

The group was tipped off to the plight of the cat - dubbed "Timber" by rescuers - about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call from a person who said the cat had been stuck about 80 feet up in the tree for at least three days.  Team leader Christopher D'Arpino said in a news release he and rescuer Jonathan Cuneo responded and spotted a young tiger-striped cat perched on a thin branch high in the tree.

"The wind was the biggest concern, given the branch was very thin and the whole tree was swaying from the wind," D'Arpino said.

It took rescuers more than an hour to traverse the tree, which had several offshoots, making the climb difficult and dangerous.Once the cat was reached, Cuneo secured the cat in a cat bag and lowered it to the ground to a waiting veterinarian technician.

"The climb was hard; there was no easy way up, and the wind was swaying the tree a lot," Cuneo said. "This was not an easy one, that's for sure."

The cat had no tags or identification. It was taken to a veterinarian to be checked out.Timber "was in really good shape considering it being up in the tree for three days," D'Arpino said. "It was a bit dehydrated, but overall in really good shape and happy to be out of that tree."

Cat in Tree!!




  The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team effected a cat in tree rescue in Halifax Massachusetts.  At 11:30 a.m. the owner contacted team leader, Christopher L. D’Arpino, reporting that his cat has been in a tree for approximately twenty hours.  The one year old cat was fifty to sixty feet up and on a very weak branch.  The wind conditions, though light, were causing the tree and branch to sway, and therefore making it an unsafe scenario for the cat.  The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team dispatched Andy Marshall a rescue tech, Christopher D’Arpino and Bridget Hatch both Veterinary technicians trained in rope and high angle rescue.  Once on scene,tree spikes were used to reach the cat. The cat was rescued safely, was medically triaged on scene and transported to a local veterinary hospital as a precaution.

   “The real difficulty was the condition of the tree; we didn’t have a branch or limb we felt we could safely rope to” Said D’Arpino.  “The training and ability to improvise comes in handy in situations like this.”

“Our vet techs triaged the cat for any injuries and did have the cat transported to a local hospital as a precaution. The owners, as you can imagine, were greatly relieved to have their cat on the ground” said Cuneo.

The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team is an all volunteer, highly trained animal rescue team based in Stoughton.  Christopher D’Arpino of Stoughton, Jonathan Cuneo of Mansfield, and Bridget Hatch of Halifax all were glad to have a positive outcome for the owners and the cat.

Animal rescue team saves Labrador in Easton



South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team

A rescuer saves a Labrador from a rotting train bridge in a wooded area off Elm Street in Easton on Wednesday ,April 20, 2011.


The Enterprise

Posted Apr 20, 2011 @ 04:30 PM

EASTON — A rescue team on Wednesday morning saved a missing Labrador from a rotting bridge along an old rail line in a wooded area off Elm Street.
“This is what we train for, this is what we work for,” said Jon Cuneo, who led the rope-rescue team for Emergency Preparedness Program Consultants. “We were glad to be called and effect a successful rescue and return the dog to the owner.”
The dog, which had been reported missing Monday, was located about a mile into the woods by Bill Murphy, owner of the Great Scott Kennels.
Murphy, believing the dog to be in danger, called the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team and the Emergency Preparedness Program Consultants rope rescue team.

Chris D’Arpino, team leader of the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team, traversed a rotted rail bridge over a 30-foot drop to check the Labrador for injuries, secure the dog and brig it to safety.
“The bridge was slippery and rotted and just not safe,” Murphy said.
The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team and Emergency Preparedness Program Consultants had just trained this weekend for just this type of rescue. “Nothing like having the training fresh in our mind,” D’Arpino said. “We just trained for a rescue like this on Sunday” said D’Arpino.
The Labrador was dehydrated but generally in good health, and walked out of the area on its own.
“We were able to get on scene, set up a plan and get the dog and safely return him to the owners. I like these rescues, I like when they work out with a happy ending” said D’Arpino.
The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team is an all volunteer trained group that rescues animals that are found in dangerous situations.
“It is why we are here,” Cuneo said. “We are always willing to help, and glad to.”

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