Become A Volunteer

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During ordinary disaster incidents only NVADG-trained Disaster Service Worker (DSW) volunteers are activated for emergency sheltering and evacuation.

Working with animals during disasters requires training before the disaster strikes.

As a certified Animal Response Team, NVADG volunteers must take the minimum 16-hour New Volunteer training class, get a background check, and be a sworn Disaster Service Worker for Butte County. Volunteers train all year on processes unique to emergency response during disasters. Incident Command System knowledge is required. Team members depend on each other to know what and how to follow protocols. This knowledge is essential to keep everyone safe: workers, the public and the animals.

If you are considering volunteering with NVADG we’d love to have you! The required minimum 16-hour new volunteer orientation and awareness training is offered every January over the 3rd weekend. Plan now to attend! All volunteers continue training through June. Registration opens around mid-November. Watch for more information!

The 2022 New Volunteer Orientation and Awareness Training application is NOW OPEN!  This 16-hour class will be held in-person in Chico on January 15 and 16, 2022.  Please see our “2022 New Volunteer Orientation Training” page to learn more.

Due to the complexity of this training, we only offer it once a year.