Wilson County Dart Association

Watertown, TN   |  http://wcdart.org

Mission

The Wilson County Disaster Animal Response Team responds to animals in disaster situations. The Team will house and shelter displaced animals, animals running at large during a disaster in compliance with the Pets Act of 2006, or in cases Animal Control is in overwhelm or to assist Emergency Management Agencies. The Team conducts Search and Rescue Operations for animals running at large, post disaster taking them to safety to avoid injury and disaster complications. Keeping Animals safe Keeps Humans safe. Safety is our first priority. The All Volunteer Team members are Credentialed by the State of TN Department of Agriculture, Certified in CPR by the American Heart Association, Community Emergency Response Certified. Maintaining high standards of Response Training throughout the year.

Notes from the nonprofit

Wilson County DART is funded solely by donations. This is an all volunteer organization, there are No paid staff members. The organization was founded in 2007, responding to animals in disaster situations locally, statewide and nationally. Often called upon by other animal organizations to assist in large scale disasters. Training is provided monthly and volunteers are held to high standards of practice in disaster response.

Ruling year info

2019

Team Leader

Julie Hutchison

Main address

365 Statesville Rd

Watertown, TN 37184 USA

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EIN

62-1500259

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Wilson County DART

The Wilson County Disaster Animal Response Team responds to animals in disaster situations. The Team will house and shelter displaced animals, animals running at large during a disaster in compliance with the Pets Act of 2006, or in cases Animal Control is in overwhelm or to assist Emergency Management Agencies. The Team conducts Search and Rescue Operations for animals running at large, post disaster taking them to safety to avoid injury and disaster complications. Keeping Animals safe Keeps Humans safe. Safety is our first priority.

The All Volunteer Team members are Credentialed by the State of TN Department of Agriculture, Certified in CPR by the American Heart Association, Community Emergency Response Certified. Maintaining high standards of Response Training throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wilson County DART

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021: Tractor Trailer overturned hauling 500 turkeys, multiagency response./ Pig stuck in a sump pump hole/ Dog w/ head stuck in a car engine/ Cow fell in a sink hole 2020-14 dogs shelter ‘19-Husky

Number of trained volunteer dog-and-handler teams

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Wilson County DART

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

There are currently 30 Credentialed Wilson Co Disaster Animal Response Team Members. Which means each team member successfully completed the required FEMA online independent study classes +

Goals & Strategy

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2022-2023
1. Fundraising Goal: $7,000, 2022 to purchase a Storage Building for Eqipment
Plan to achieve: a) Social Media Fundraising
B) appoint or hire a Fundraiser person to raise income
C) Host a fundraiser dinner/banquet and silent auction

2. Team growth
A) Recognition Dinner to boost moral and present the Team with custom shirts
B) Host an Orientation for new volunteers, put on by the BOD Spring 2022 as Covid
Pandemic allows.
C) Public Appearances - Parades, Fundraisers, Speaking engagements,etc
3. Board of Directors
A) Increase the number of Directors 2023

1. Fundraising Goal: $7,000, in 2022 to purchase a Storage Building for Eqipment
Plan to achieve: a) Social Media Fundraising
B) appoint or hire a Fundraiser person to raise income
C) Host a fundraiser dinner/banquet and silent auction

2. Team growth
A) Recognition Dinner to boost moral and present the Team with custom shirts
B) Host an Orientation for new volunteers, put on by the BOD Spring 2022 as Covid
Pandemic allows.
C) Public Appearances - Parades, Fundraisers, Speaking engagements,etc
3. Board of Directors
A) Increase the number of Directors 2023
B) Election of New Officers 2023

1. Fundraising Goals are very realistic as long as the Pandemic numbers stay down! Safety is WC DART Association’s priority. The Team must be on call for the Emergency Management Agency and cannot risk illness from public appearances. With that being said, under normal conditions the Team will host fundraising events partnered with a local business, such as Photos with Santa and Dog Washes throughout the Summer Months. Public appearances for other Animal Organizations, and Online Fundraising.

2. The Team is willing and able to make public appearances, getting our name out in the community.

3. Finding quality, business minded people to help grow the WC DART Association

Wilson Co DART Association has been established since 2007, and is deployed under Wilson County Emergency Management Agency. Since 2007 the Team has responded to numerous disasters all over the State and Nation, under different disaster scenarios.

Deployments include:
8/30- 9/4/2021. Waverly Humane Shelter, Humphries County, Waverly TN., needed assistance with Donation Management and Emergency Animal Sheltering- 54 dogs.

06/ 2021 Calf fell down a 20’ sink hole x 48 hours

2/4/21 A Tractor Trailer overturned on I-40, hauling 500 turkeys

1/7/21 2 Calls to assist animals in 1 Day:
A. Itty, a 300lb pig was stuck in a Sump pump hole
B. A white pit Bull had her head stuck in a car engine- in pursuit of a mouse!

3/3/2020. Middle TN Tornadoes-
-Community Clean up: Cow & Hay Pastures, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lebanon.
-Collected donations for those in need- Veteran’s home and low income residents living behind Walmart.
-Distributed Pet Food and supplies and gift cards to the needy.
-Conducted SAR in neighborhoods directly affected by the tornadoes making sure no pets were running at large.
-Daily Checks at the Red Cross shelters set up in Lebanon and Mt Juliet- checking on pets needs and providing supplies.

8/24/20 LaVergne TN, Assisted the HSUS sheltering dogs cleared from the Gulf Coast Shelter, being transported up north, making room for victims of Hurricane Laura

2019 Operation Fireball. Macon Co. Tn. Removal of 38 Huskies from a Hoarder

2019, March - Celina TN Flash Flooding, assisted Putnam County DART w/1st deploy.

2017 Hurricane Harvey, Rockport Texas., SAR, Sheltering and assisting Vet Team
Requested by Aransas Co EMA to assist the Humane Society of the United
States. (HSUS)

2016 Wildfires. Gatlinburg Tn. Rocky Top Arena, Sheltering Operations

2015 Flash flooding. Macon Co Tn. Sheltering Operations

2010 Floods. Lebanon TN. Evacuated & Sheltered. New Leash on Life

2008 Tornadoes Macon and Trousdale Counties, SAR, Shelter Operations

The Team started with 12 volunteers and has grown to 30 State of TN DART Credentialed Team Members, 2 non credentialed.

The Team received a Grant from AKC REUNITE , in 2015 a 16 foot box trailer with enough equipment to house 60 Companion Animals in a Disaster Situation.

Financials

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Wilson County Dart Association

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Julie Hutchison

Daniel Cowan

WEMA

Windy Willette

BHS

Laurie Adams

Debbie Haas

Linda Miller

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/7/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/07/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.