Standard Animal Responder Training 

fusion slider graphic FINALLevel 1:  Train Today Respond Tomorrow

  • A convenient weekend workshop designed to provide complete standard response training in a fun and supportive group environment.
  • In two days you can become a certified animal responder volunteer ready to help before spring storm season begins.
  • Both are full days of training (8am-5pm) and include all of the courses listed below, upon completion volunteers receive a responder id-badge, certification and a responder uniform t-shirt (there is a $30 volunteer fee to cover the workshop costs which include morning coffee and lunch both days)
  • Offered regionally each spring (Feb-March)


The standard training requirements may also be met through on-line courses.  Once these standard training requirements are met and verified, responder id-badge and responder uniform t-shirt will be issued.  Remember volunteers must email completion certificates to the appropriate regional database administrator in order to update training records and verify deployment eligibility status.  The on-line course links are provided below.  Note that some courses have fees associated.


Level 2:  Temporary Sheltering A to Z

The sheltering course will be added to the curriculum for animal responder volunteers in 2018.  The prerequisite for this Level 2 training will be Level 1 training (see details above).  The course will be introduced in Kansas summer of 2017, where a group of active and experienced animal disaster responder volunteers will attend  train-the-trainer workshops in June and July to become certified instructors for the Level 2:  Temporary Sheltering workshop.


SPECIALIZED Training Requirements

Specific additional training courses have been identified for specialized and/or supervisory disaster responder roles.

  • Training Requirements Matrix (a worksheet listing the standard disaster responder training requirements, as well as the additional training required by each of the specialized and/or supervisor responder roles)
  • Job descriptions for these roles will be available soon.  If you are interested please contact your local team lead (county or region) for more information.

Training With Other Teams

For animal response team volunteers there are many training opportunities throughout the year. You are welcome to attend neighboring CART or regional training sessions; just contact the team beforehand to confirm session details and requirements.

If you are on a county or regional team, and your team is conducting a training session, please notify the other teams across Kansas. Posting on your Facebook page, your team’s website and on the KS SART regional calendar are great ways to communicate that information.

Annual Training Highlights (click here)