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RedRover Responders Volunteer Training Program

The RedRover Responders volunteer corps are the backbone of our efforts to provide lifesaving care and sheltering for animal victims of natural disasters, puppy mills, hoarding and other cases of cruelty and neglect. Volunteers come from across the United States and Canada and from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: a commitment to helping animals in need.

Volunteers emerge from the training program feeling connected with the resources they need to be successful RedRover Responders volunteers.

How to sign up

The RedRover Responders registration fee is $45. After registering for a specific in-person workshop, you receive access to the optional Self-Paced Online Training.  The Self-Paced training familiarizes you with online resources and tools available to volunteers, enhances personal preparedness, introduces you to the disaster response landscape and guides you through a mock deployment sign-up. Although it is not required that you complete the Self-Paced online training in order to become a RedRover Responders volunteer, we do recommend that you spend some time going through the training.

At the workshop, you receive the volunteer handbook and workshop materials. After attending the workshop, you receive a t-shirt to wear while volunteering and a certificate of completion. At this point, you are added to our RedRover Responders volunteer roster. 

Are you ready to be a RedRover Responders volunteer? Please read the volunteer qualifications.

To become a RedRover Responder, follow these three steps to complete training:

1. Register to attend a workshop.
To secure a seat in a workshop, register to attend a specific workshop location. Locations are added on a rolling basis. If you do not see a workshop currently listed for your area, join our list to be notified of future training.

2. Complete FEMA IS-100b: Introduction to the Incident Command System
: RedRover requires that all RedRover Responders volunteers complete IS-100b prior to volunteering for the first time. This is a free online course offered by FEMA. It usually takes two to three hours to complete. You do not need to present your certificate to RedRover, but please keep it in a safe place where you can access it quickly in case it is needed to deploy.
When:  Although recommended, you do not need to complete IS-100b before attending the workshop, but it is mandatory that you complete the course before volunteering for the first time.

Note to Canadian residents: As a Canadian resident, you may complete the Incident Command System training requirement by taking the free online FEMA course, but you will not receive certification for completing the course. For RedRover's purposes, we do not need you to be officially certified -- taking the online FEMA class and learning the information is sufficient. If you want to be certified, you can take an equivalent class through the Justice Institute of British Columbia for a small fee.

3. Attend the workshop
What: Facilitated by an experienced RedRover Responders volunteer, the workshop helps you understand what it’s like to deploy with RedRover to a disaster or animal cruelty case. Group work and exercises will guide pre-deployment decision-making and packing, solidify understanding of key Standard Operating Guidelines and prepare you for the realities of response.
When: Locations are scheduled on a rolling basis. See below to sign up or to be notified of future locations.


Upcoming workshops

October 21, 2017
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
San Francisco SPCA
243 Alabama St. 
San Francisco, CA 94103
WORKSHOP FULL! Please email to join the waiting list

Workshop dates are added on a rolling basis. Please sign up to stay informed about future RedRover Responders training opportunities.

host a workshop

RedRover relies on the generosity of businesses, nonprofits, animal shelters and others to offer space to host our workshop. If you represent an agency or organization that wishes to host a volunteer training workshop, we invite you to learn how you can bring a workshop to your venue.


Several workshop attendees at each workshop location may be granted scholarships to cover most of their workshop fee. The participant is responsible for $20 of the training fee and his/her own transportation and lodging if applicable. Scholarship award winners are committed to becoming active RedRover Responders and participating in future emergency deployments. They have a temporary financial need that makes affording participation in a workshop a hardship. Shelter volunteers and workers are especially encouraged to apply. Scholarship award winners will be asked to arrive early or stay late to assist with workshop set-up and/or clean up.

To request consideration for a scholarship, send an email briefly (less than 250 words) explaining your interest in RedRover Responders and your financial hardship, and mentioning which specific workshop listed above that you would like to attend.

Please note: Scholarships are only available if the workshop has open spaces.


View our workshop cancellation policy.