COVID-19 Emergency Resources for People and Pets

As COVID-19 cases are on the rise, please share our emergency resources for pet owners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

RedRover Responders Volunteer Training

NOTE: Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all in person workshops are currently on hold.

What our RedRover Responders volunteers do:

Our specially trained RedRover Responders volunteers shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and rescued in criminal seizures from cruelty conditions, such as puppy mills or hoarding situations. The duties that volunteers may perform at an emergency shelter include:

  • Feeding animals and cleaning cages
  • Walking, grooming and socializing the animals
  • Organizing supply donations
  • Reuniting animals with owners
  • Assisting with veterinary exams and care

Once a volunteer has successfully completed our training program they are added to our volunteer roster and will be notified via email when there is an opportunity to deploy with the RedRover Responders in their state or region. 



  • Age 18 years or older
  • An email address that you check regularly and access to the Internet
  • Current tetanus immunization
  • Complete FEMA course IS-100c.
  • Attend an in-person volunteer training workshop
  • Agree to the RedRover Responders Code of Conduct

Highly Recommended:

  • Complete 50 hours of animal handling, preferably at your local shelter or through a rescue group (may be completed after training)
  • Able to withstand the physical demands of deployments, including ability to lift at least 40 pounds, and stand, kneel or bend for long hours in varying temperatures and conditions

Become a Volunteer

  • Register for workshop

    The workshop fee is $45. To secure a seat in a workshop, register online 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.

  • Complete FEMA IS 100b

    RedRover requires that all RedRover Responders volunteers complete FEMA IS-100c, an introduction to the Incident Command System. Although recommended, you do not need to complete IS-100c before attending the workshop, but it is mandatory that you complete the course before volunteering for the first time.

  • Attend workshop

    Our four-hour in person workshop helps you understand what it’s like to deploy with RedRover to a disaster or animal cruelty case. After attending the in person workshop you will be mailed your volunteer t-shirt and certificate and be added to the volunteer roster. At this point you will be emailed volunteer opportunities as they become available in your area.

Host a Workshop

RedRover relies on the generosity of businesses, nonprofits, animal shelters and others to offer space to host our workshops. 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.

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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. To request consideration for a scholarship, send an email to (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.


Cancellations by Participant

Cancellations made prior to workshop: The workshop registration fee can be refunded in full, the request for refund must be received before the workshop date.

To cancel a workshop registration, call us at 916.429.2457 or send us an email at

Cancellations by RedRover

Though we work hard to prevent cancellations, workshops may be canceled by RedRover due to insufficient registration or other extreme circumstances. Should this occur, the registrant will be given the option of receiving a complete refund.

Have a question about volunteering? See our FAQ page.