Consie von Gontard began her volunteer career in animal welfare in 2000. Consie has received Community Service Awards and Commendations for her international work in Mexico and the Bahamas. Most recently the SART Responder of the Year award in 2013 for exceptional service to SART and Florida Emergency Planning and Response. National and International natural disaster relief experience includes responses to fires, floods, hurricanes, a volcanic eruption in Chaiten, Chili and the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand. She has also responded to numerous large scale animal cruelty cases, including puppy mills, hoarding and blood sports. She has been an instructor on a national level for disaster response since 2006. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Florida State Animal Response Coalition and the Director of Training.