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“Tags for Tails” sale to benefit disaster team

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 7:00am to 5:00pm

            DOUGLAS – Have you started your spring cleaning? Do you have a move planned and need a great cause to donate your stuff to? Are you an expert at holding yard sales? 

            The Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (CMDART) will hold its fifth annual “Tags for Tails” yard sale June 21, 7– 5 p.m. (rain or shine)  at the Douglas Fire Department and Highway Barn Lawn on Rt 16, Douglas. As in years past, the team will begin to take donated until noon on June 19th.

                Disasters, including fires, winter storms and other incidents are increasing. CMDART needs funds to maintain the mission of helping our communities to plan, prepare and respond when animals are affected by disasters. The proceeds of this sale help to fund some basic costs for the team each year.

            NO ITEMS ARE TO BE DROPPED AT THE DOUGLAS FIRE STATION and please do not call the fire station with questions. CMDART is an independent, private, non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity.  Items donated should be priced with a reasonable value on them as this will help us greatly. Receipts for donations will be offered if requested.  

            To donate items or to volunteer to assist at the event call 508-803-1989 or contact [email protected] to let us know that you have items to contribute. Calls will be returned with a time and location to drop your items. Limited pickup service is available within a reasonable distance of Douglas for a $20 donation.

Items CMDART can accept:

Small items of furniture (end tables, lamps, framed pictures) in good condition, books, CDs, jewelry, linens in nice condition, toys and games, tools (old and new), household items, healthy plants (perennials especially appreciated),  dishes, pet related items are especially appreciated and seasonal items. Specialty crafts appreciated. Clothing if clean, pressed and sorted by size and gender. CMDART is also accepting gift cards for silent auction or to help gather more items.

Items CMDART can NOT accept:

Electronics (computers, printers, tv's), bedding, large pieces of exercise equipment, large appliances, no children's furniture, and hazardous materials such as paint and fertilizer. Limited Christmas items. No pet or other perishable food.

            Interested in taking a course to become a CMDART volunteer? Contact [email protected] or sign up for an introductory course at [email protected]. CMDART is an independent, charitable, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. We provide information, training, support, supplies and personnel to help plan, prepare and respond to aid animals affected by man-made or natural disasters. CMDART serves the local and regional communities of Central Massachusetts and particularly Worcester County. Animals affected by disaster can include small and large animals such as pets, livestock, and exotics. CMDART aids communities that seek to comply with the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act), which requires that household pets and service animals be included in local and state planning.