RedRover Responders work in cooperation with law enforcement, local agencies, and animal organizations to shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures, puppy mills and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada. RedRover volunteers have responded to a number of disasters in Texas, from puppy mill seizures in Kaufman County to flooding in South Texas. It is an invaluable experience, but not one to be taken lightly. The conditions can be tough, the animals not always socialized, and the final disposition almost always tied up in the legal process. But for the animals involved, it is life-saving. I know. I volunteered. My deployment was a puppy mill bust near Fort Worth. 500 dogs. FIVE HUNDRED. In a hot, noisy warehouse. It was years ago but nearly every one of those dogs made it out to rescue and on to forever homes, and I met some of the most amazing people anyone could ever meet.
So, if you want to be part of the solution helping animals in disaster, here’s what you need to know: The RedRover 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. The workshop registration fee of $50 includes both training steps. First, register for the in-person workshop, and get access to the Self-Paced Online Training. Then 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. You are then added to the RedRover Responders volunteer roster.
Ready? Register here.