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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.

Our unique training program combines the ease of self-paced online training with a community-building workshop. 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 of $50 includes both training steps. After registering for a specific in-person workshop, you receive access to the Self-Paced Online Training.  At the workshop, you receive the volunteer handbook and workshop materials. After completion of both the workshop and the Self-Paced Online Training, you receive a t-shirt to wear while volunteering, a photo ID badge 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 the following three steps to complete training:

1. Register to attend a workshop.
To secure a seat in a workshop and receive access to the Self-Paced Online Training, register to attend a specific workshop location. Locations are added on a rolling basis. Join our list to be notified of future training.

The following steps can be completed in any order. The order below is strongly recommended.

2. Self-Paced Online Training
: The Self-Paced Online 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.
When:  The time to complete the Self-Paced Online Training varies by your prior experience level and how much you want to get out of the training, and could take three to eight hours. The training is all online and does not have to be completed all in one sitting. We recommend completing this training prior to attending the in-person workshop. Please note, the Self-Paced Online Training needs to be completed within one year of attending the workshop.

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

Austin, Texas
Saturday, October 17 2015
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Phoenix, Arizona
Sunday, October 18 2015
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Brandon, Mississippi
Saturday, October 24 2015
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Sunday, October 25 2015
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Silver Spring, Maryland
Saturday, December 12 2015
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 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.