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During ordinary disaster incidents only trained NVADG Disaster Service Worker volunteers are activated for emergency sheltering and evacuation.  Registration is open for our once-a-year New Volunteer 16-hour Training.

Training will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 18 & 19 in Chico.  Time:  8:30 - 5:00 both days. 

Location:  Butte County Search and Rescue, 3965 Morrow Lane, Chico

Cost is $50 for training, plus Livescan background check.


  #1:  Read and understand the agreement, then complete your Personal Profile information for our volunteer database. All volunteers are welcome!  The purpose of many of the questions is to capture information about your skills and certifications. CLICK HERE to go to the New Volunteer Profile and Registration page The page will open in a new window.

   #2:  Pay your $50 Annual Training Fee using this PayPal link.  You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this online payment method. 

2020 Volunteer Training

In this 16-hour orientation training you will get the basic required overview instruction for animal disaster response as a Disaster Service Worker. 

Volunteers must be familar with the Incident Command System, hygene and disinfecting protocols, animal handling/care best practices, radios, hazards, safety and more. This 16-hour training qualifies a volunteer for shelter support work.  Additional trainings take place from February through May for the funtions that require a higher level of performance.  This includes  Evacuation, Radio Operators, Dispatchers, Shelter Leadership, Volunteer Management, Media/PIO, Group Management and more.  

Background Check: It is a requirement of Butte County that all Volunteers pass a background check. We are working on a protocol that will allow applicants to obtain a Livescan Background Check locally at your convenience – and your cost. This will have to be completed within two weeks of the training (February 3, 2020). The results of the background check will be kept confidential. Any possible problems/conflicts will be discussed and decided on an individual basis. There will be more details to follow.

OPTION -  Auditing the Classes: If you wish to audit the class, but not become a NVADG volunteer and certified Disaster Service Worker, then you will not be required to get a background check.  

  • There are no refunds, so when you register and pay, be sure to keep that weekend free!  Of course, if you don't make it you will receive a Donation Receipt as your fee will revert to a donation to NVADG.

Thank you for considering your future as a NVADG Volunteer! 

If you have questions, contact NVADG at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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