RedRover Responders Volunteer Training

NOTE: Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all in-person workshops are currently on hold. Online volunteer training is now available!

Register for Online Training

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

  • Complete the training

    Register and complete the online training. This is a self-paced, free training and will take about 2-3 hours to complete. For future in-person workshop opportunities, join our list to be notified when they become available.

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  • Complete FEMA IS 100c

    RedRover requires that all RedRover Responders volunteers complete FEMA IS-100c, an introduction to the Incident Command System. This is also a self-paced and free course. This course must be completed prior to your first deployment.

  • Stay connected

    Once you complete the online training you will receive a welcome email from RedRover staff with further details.

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.

Learn More

Have a question about volunteering? See our FAQ page.