ASPCA Field Investigations and Response RMA

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response (FIR) Team. This brief application will give us insight on how your skills and abilities can best contribute to our team. Volunteers fill a variety of essential roles from direct animal care to administrative support so please be sure to share non-animal skills and experience as well. Before you start the application process please read the following notes and instructions carefully.

- You should not begin the application if you do not have the time or information necessary to complete it. The application process takes approximately 30 minutes but may take up to an hour to complete.

- Please make sure you have completed the required trainings and have the necessary supporting documents (which can be found here) before you start the application process.  Incomplete applications cannot be saved or submitted and will not be considered at this time. You can review a PDF copy of the application before you begin to ensure you have all the appropriate information ahead of time. (Please note, PDF applications are for review only and cannot be submitted for approval.) Review the PDF here

- Please note, once you begin the application process you will not be able to save your work and finish at a later time, the full application must be completed in one sitting.

- After 90 minutes of inactivity a pop-up window will appear asking if you want to continue or close out of the application.

-Be sure to carefully follow the instructions and explanations throughout the application. Click on the (?) for additional information.

You will receive confirmation that your information has been successfully submitted. Please allow up to two weeks for your application to be reviewed. At that time you will receive an email informing you whether or not you have been accepted into the program. If you have any questions please feel free to email FirTeamInfo@aspca.org.

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Personal Information
* First Name
* Last Name
* Email Address
* Password
Alternate Email Address
* Primary Phone Number
Secondary Phone Number
* Address 1
Address 2
* City
* Country
* State
Other country
* Zip
* Date of Birth
T-Shirt Size
Gender for Rooming Assignments
* Dietary Preference
* Other Dietary Notes.
* Emergency Contact Name
* Emergency Contact Primary Phone
Emergency Contact Secondary phone
* You may be asked to sign an authorization for the ASPCA to fully investigate your suitability for volunteering (depending on the volunteer role and activities) through a comprehensive background check, which may include, among other items, obtaining reports from consumer reporting agencies and a full criminal history check. Please indicate whether you are willing to review and sign such an authorization (you will be provided with a legally compliant authorization for your review and signature.)
Applications cannot be submitted without this authorization
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* How did you hear about the Field Investigations & Response Team Program?
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* Please specify how you heard about us
Organizational Affiliation Information
We want to learn more about your current and past work/volunteer experiences. Be sure to list your current employment, and any animal welfare organizations you are or have been involved with in the past and list each position you have served in separately (EX: South Denver Horse Rescue | Littleton, CO | 2012-2015 | Volunteer Manager, Employee)

Organization Name City and StateYears (Ex: 2012-2015)Position (Ex: Volunteer Manager)
* Please check the box(es) that best fit you and download the appropriate form below:
I am an individual wishing to become an ASPCA FIR Volunteer
I am an ASPCA Staff member with Supervisor Approval to volunteer
I am responding under another organization as a Response Partner Volunteer
Please list the Response Partner Organization
Responder Waiver
On this day of _, 20__, I hereby acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to assist the ASPCA (without compensation) with in a disaster and/or cruelty investigation situation to which the ASPCA is responding. I AM AWARE THAT WORKING IN A DISASTER and/or CRUELTY INVESTIGATION SITUATION MAY BE HAZARDOUS, AND I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE NATURE AND DANGER INVOLVED AND HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT ANY AND ALL RISKS OF INJURY OR DEATH. I recognize that I am not entitled to medical disability, life insurance coverage or any other compensation from the ASPCA and that I am required to carry my own medical and personal injury insurance (including, if applicable, veterinary professional malpractice insurance). I understand that I may at any time with or without cause be removed from my volunteer position at the sole discretion of the ASPCA. While I acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation as a volunteer, the ASPCA will pay for the following if I submit the appropriate receipts after the disaster and/or cruelty investigation has ended: [If none are not applicable, write "N/A" here] Transportation to disaster and/or cruelty investigation via the ASPCA's travel agent or via your personally owned vehicle with a standard mileage reimbursement rate of $ .55 per mile. Meal stipend up to $_* per day. (*Varies based on location and operation) Lodging will be arranged for, and covered by, the ASPCA. As lawful consideration for being permitted by the ASPCA to assist in any disaster and/or cruelty investigation situation for which I volunteer my time, I hereby agree that I, my heirs, distributes, guardians, legal representatives, and assigns will: (a) keep confidential the location, and details of the disaster and/or cruelty Volunteer Agreement and Release of Liability 2 investigation; (b) not make a claim against, sue, attach the property of, or prosecute the ASPCA for injury or damage resulting from the ASPCA or its affiliates, as a result of my voluntary assistance in any disaster and/or cruelty investigation situation; (c) release, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the ASPCA from all actions, claims, or demands I, my heirs, distributes, guardians, legal representatives, or assigns may have for injury or damage resulting from my assistance in any disaster and/or cruelty investigation situation for which I volunteer my time, and (d) that this release shall remain in full force and effect unless and until I revoke it by providing written revocation to the FIR Responder Manager. I HEREBY WARRANT THAT I (A) HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT, (B) AM OVER EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE, (C) HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS AGREEMENT AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENT, (D) AM AWARE THAT THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND A CONTRACT BETWEEN ME AND THE ASPCA, AND (E) SIGN THIS OF MY OWN FREE WILL.
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DRT
Please submit the DRT Volunteer Acknowledgement Form that applies to you. Exempt employees are paid on a salary rather than on an hourly basis and are not entitled to overtime pay. If you have questions regarding which form you should fill out, please contact Human Resources. DIRECT RESPONSE TEAM VOLUNTEER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT - EXEMPT EMPLOYEES I hereby understand, acknowledge and agree as follows: 1. I have freely offered my time and services to deploy as a volunteer with the Field Investigations and Response Direct Response Team (the "DRT"). 2. My participation in the DRT program is not mandatory and it is not a part of my ASPCA job responsibilities or a factor in my performance evaluation. 3. I have received approval from my supervisor to volunteer with the DRT. 4. I will receive my regular salary during the time I am on deployment. 5. I AM AWARE THAT WORKING IN A DISASTER AND/OR CRUELTY INVESTIGATION SITUATION MAY BE HAZARDOUS, AND I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE NATURE AND DANGER INVOLVED. 6. I will keep confidential the location and details of the disaster and/or cruelty investigation. 7. While on deployment, I will comply with the ASPCA's policies and practices, including the ASPCA Employee Handbook and the ASPCA Social Media Policy. 8. The ASPCA may take photographs or video in which I may appear, or permit others to take photographs or video in which I may appear, and the ASPCA may use or authorize the use of the photographs or video in which I appear in any way it deems appropriate to support its mission, including fundraising purposes.
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Response Partner Volunteer
On this ___ day of ____, 20__, I hereby acknowledge that I am a volunteer of ____________________________, and while I am not an ASPCA (Shelter Name) volunteer, I have voluntarily applied to assist the ASPCA, (without compensation) in a disaster and/or cruelty investigation situation to which the ASPCA is responding. I AM AWARE THAT WORKING IN A DISASTER AND/OR CRUELTY INVESTIGATION SITUATION MAY BE HAZARDOUS, AND I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE NATURE AND DANGER INVOLVED AND HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT ANY AND ALL RISKS OF INJURY OR DEATH. I FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT I MAY NOT ASSIST WITH A DISASTER UNLESS I HAVE MEDICAL AND PERSONAL INJURY INSURANCE. I recognize that I am not entitled to medical disability, life insurance coverage or any other compensation from the ASPCA and that I am required to carry my own medical and personal injury insurance (including, if applicable, veterinary professional malpractice insurance). I acknowledge and agree that if I do not have medical and personal injury insurance, I may not volunteer for any operation managed by the ASPCA. I understand that although I registered as a volunteer for ____________________________ and am not an ASPCA volunteer, this (Shelter Name) operation is managed by the ASPCA and I may at any time with or without cause be removed from my volunteer position at the sole discretion of the ASPCA. In addition, I understand and agree that the ASPCA will not directly reimburse me for any expenses incurred in connection with my volunteer position. As lawful consideration for assisting in any disaster and/or cruelty investigation situation for which I volunteer my time, I hereby agree that I, my heirs, distributees, guardians, legal representatives, and assigns will: (a) keep confidential the location, and details of the disaster and/or cruelty investigation; (b) not make a claim against, sue, attach the property of, or prosecute the ASPCA for injury or damage resulting from the ASPCA or its affiliates, as a result of my voluntary assistance in any disaster and/or cruelty investigation situation; (c) release, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the ASPCA from all actions, claims, or demands I, my heirs, distributes, guardians, legal representatives, or assigns may have for injury or damage resulting from my assistance in any disaster and/or cruelty investigation situation for which I volunteer my time, and (d) that this release shall remain in full force and effect unless and until I revoke it by providing written revocation to the FIR Responder Manager. I agree that while I am voluntarily assisting at an ASPCA-managed operation, the ASPCA may take photographs or video in which I may appear, or permit others to take photographs or video in which I may appear, and that the ASPCA may use or authorize the use of the photographs or video in which I appear in any way it deems appropriate to support its mission, including fundraising purposes. I HEREBY WARRANT THAT I (A) HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT, (B) AM OVER EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE, (C) HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS AGREEMENT AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENT, (D) AM AWARE THAT THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND A CONTRACT BETWEEN ME AND THE ASPCA, AND (E) SIGN THIS OF MY OWN FREE WILL.
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* In the last seven (7) years, have you been suspended, discharged or requested to leave a volunteer program or a position in animal welfare? If yes, please explain.
* If yes, please explain
* Volunteers are requested to travel and volunteer a minimum of 7 consecutive days per year. Please let us know approximately how much time you could commit each year to the FIR Team if called upon. Deployments typically range from 7-14 days.

Skills and Experiences

Please check all that apply, rate your skill levels and fill in the blanks accordingly. The more information you provide us about your experience, the better we are able to plan for operations, and place you in a role that best fits your skill set. A plus sign (+) indicates that additional certifications, licensing, and proof of working knowledge/experience is required. Please consider carefully whether you comfortable and experienced to perform the skills you are selecting in a deployment setting. Volunteers who are deployed and are not able to perform the essential functions of their role create challenges for daily operations. Once your application has been approved you will be asked to upload additional information in the documents section at a later time. You may also be asked to provide a CV for specific roles.

Daily Care
Expert Handler: Minimum 3 years consistently handling species and knowledge of animal behavior. Physical ability and knowledge to properly and humanely handle high risk animals (fractious, aggressive, fearful, etc) and trained to utilize specialized equipment as needed (control pole, feral box, break stick, etc).
Intermediate Handler: Minimum 1 year consistently handling species. Comfortable handling animals of varying behaviors (high arousal, fear, etc). General knowledge of animal behavior.
Beginner Handler: Less than 1 year consistently handling species and/or minimal shelter handling experience. Beginner handling and minimal animal behavior knowledge.
* Dog Handling
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Cat Handling
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Chicken/Rooster Handling
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Equine Handling
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Farm Animals
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Exotic
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Avian
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Kennel Technician/ACT/Shelter Cleaning Experience
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* What is your experience handling fractious or aggressive animals?
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Please describe your experience handling fractious or aggressive animals.
List additional animal handling or care experience and training.

Please list the types of species you come into contact with regularly and the frequency then list the number of years you have spent handling that type of animal.

SpeciesHow many years of handling this animal?
Field Rescue
A plus sign (+) indicates that additional certifications, licensing, and proof of experience is required. You will be asked to upload additional information in the documents section at a later time. You may also be asked to provide a CV for specific roles.
* Field Rescue
List your CART/SART, Technical Rescue or Disaster Response Team.
List additional field rescue or training.
Investigations/Crime Scene Processing
A plus sign (+) indicates that additional certifications, licensing, and proof of experience is required. You will be asked to upload additional information in the documents section at a later time. You may also be asked to provide a CV for specific roles.
* Investigations/Crime Scene Processing
List additional investigations/crime scene processing training, previous or current employment or any other experiences you have in investigations.
List state(s) you have ACO and Law Enforcement Licensure(s) in.
Professional Animal Medical Care
* Do you have any professional animal medical experience?
Professional Animal Medical Care
A plus sign (+) indicates that additional certifications, licensing, and proof of experience is required. You will be asked to upload additional information in the documents section at a later time. You may also be asked to provide a CV for specific roles.
* Professional Animal Medical Care
* Medical Care Species Expertise
Other Medical Care Species Expertise
* Do you have shelter medicine experience?
* Years of experience working in a clinic/small animal hospital?


Expert: Extensive experience with more than 5 years working in a small animal hospital/clinic or shelter environment.
Intermediate: Moderate experience with 1-5 years working in a small animal hospital/clinic or shelter environment.
Beginner: Some experience. Less than 1 year working in a small animal hospital/clinic or shelter environment.
* Reading Fecals
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Blood Draw
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Administering Medications Orally
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Administering Medication by Injection - Intravenous
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Administering Medications by Injection - Intramuscular
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Administering Medications by Injection - Subcutaneous
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Administering SQ Fluids
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Urinalysis
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Placing IV Catheters
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Monitoring DTM's
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Medical Terminology
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Restraining Animals for Examination and Treatment
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Working with Neonates
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Calculating Drug Dosages
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Recognizing Clinical Symptoms of Illness
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
* Assisting in Surgery
ExpertIntermediate BeginnerNo Experience
Veterinarians
Are you nationally accredited?
If yes, what is your accreditation number?
What states are you accredited in?
* Vet School Attended
* Degrees
* Graduation Year (if applicable)
* Board Certifications
* Medical Care State Licensure
Medical Care State Licensure 2
Medical Care State Licensure 3
Medical Care State Licensure 4
* Would you be willing to get licensed in additional states?
* Do you have previous experience working with animals from disasters/cruelty cases?
All Medical Professionals, please list any additional medical care experience and training you have.
Logistics/Maintenance
A plus sign (+) indicates that additional certifications, licensing, and proof of experience is required. You will be asked to upload additional information in the documents section at a later time. You may also be asked to provide a CV for specific roles.
* Logistics/Maintenance
List any other Logistics/Maintenance experience and relevant trainings.
Behavior
A plus sign (+) indicates that additional certifications, licensing, and proof of experience is required. You will be asked to upload additional information in the documents section at a later time. You may also be asked to provide a CV for specific roles.
* Do you have any animal behavior experience?
* What is your highest level of education completed?
* What dog training program did you attend?(ex. The Dog Trainer’s Academy, Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, etc.):
* Graduation Year:
* Species of Expertise
* Other Animals
* Teach Dog Classes:
* Conduct dog behavior evaluations?
* Conduct behavior consultations?
* If yes, what species?
* What certifications do you hold?
* Other Certification
* Do you have experience with the following:
* Do you have previous experience working with animals from disasters/cruelty cases?
* Please describe your experience handling large, energetic and unruly dogs.
Please list additional animal handling experience and relevant training below.
Human Safety/Medical
A plus sign (+) indicates that additional certifications, licensing, and proof of experience is required. You will be asked to upload additional information in the documents section at a later time. You may also be asked to provide a CV for specific roles.
* Safety/Medical
Field Practiced
List any other Safety/Medical experience and relevant trainings.
* What is your comfort level conducting safety briefings, fire and tornado drills?
* What is your comfort level in providing basic first aid/CPR/AED?
* Please describe your experience handling and recognizing emergency or unsafe situations?
Resources/Administration
* Resources/Administration
List any other Resource/Adminstration experience and relevant trainings.
Previous Deployment Experiences
* Natural Disaster Response (List Disaster Below)
No Deployment1-3 Deployments4 or more Deployments
* Cock Fighting Raid
No Deployment1-3 Deployments4 or more Deployments
* Hoarding/Neglect Seizure (List Species Below)
No Deployment1-3 Deployments4 or more Deployments
* Puppy Mill Raid
No Deployment1-3 Deployments4 or more Deployments
* Dog Fighting Raid
No Deployment1-3 Deployments4 or more Deployments
* Temporary Sheltering/Emergency Sheltering Operation (List Species Below)
No Deployment1-3 Deployments4 or more Deployments
Use the space to the right to list specific deployment(s) you have been involved with, your role while deployed, organization and year as best as you can.
* Please list any additional information that will be helpful to us while considering what role(s) are best for you.
Beyond Your Animal Skills (*Please note, there are no right or wrong answers.)
* In addition to helping animals, what motivates you to deploy?
* What do you anticipate will be the hardest part of the deployment?
* Besides certain specific skills, what personal qualities do you have that would be helpful during a deployment?
* Many people who choose to volunteer for animal related disasters think of themselves as resilient. In what ways does that word apply to you?
* What would make your volunteer time or deployment feel worthwhile?
* I prefer to:
Follow protocol instructions exactly
Find new solutions for problems I encounter
* I prefer to:
Use after hours to socialize
Use after hours to catch up on my work or rest
Training and Certifications

I understand that the courses below are required to volunteer with the ASPCA.

* By checking this box, I understand that trainings below are required. The documents are uploaded or I will submit the required certificates within 30 days. I also understand that FIR may deny my application or re-enrollment if I do not submit my required certificates and I will not be eligible for deployments.
FIR: Rescuing Animals from Cruelty and Disasters
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Fundamentals of Emergency Sheltering
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Large Scale Operations
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Animal Cruelty Investigations: Crime Scenes and Evidence Collection
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Required Training and Certifications
FEMA IS100.b – Introduction to Incident Command System
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FEMA IS 700 – National Incident Management System, an introduction
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* Please provide an explanation for why you are missing any required certificates:Put N/A if all certificates have been uploaded:
Recommended Traninings
FEMA IS 200
FEMA IS 800
Basic Emergency Animal Sheltering
List any additional trainings you have not included above.
Disclaimer
I verify that all of the above information is true and complete to the best of my knowledge, and that if it any information is incorrect, I may be disqualified from a responder position with the ASPCA. I understand that I am applying for a volunteerbased responder position, and that this is not an application for, nor a contract of, paid employment. I understand and agree that as an ASPCA responder, I am not entitled to any compensation for my voluntary services and I will not accept any payment for my services. I understand that I may be required to take additional training classes, where applicable. In addition, I authorize any verification of applicable licensure if it is required for my responder position, and agree to provide any additional authorization as requested. I understand that, based on the completion of this Responder Information Form, the screening process, and any available responder training and orientation, the ASPCA reserves the right to determine who will be approved as a responder. During an event, responders will be deployed at the discretion of the ASPCA's Field Investigations and Response Team. I understand that I am not obligated, if called upon, to participate in any responder opportunity. I also understand that responding with the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team will require travel to an event, and will require my being away from my job and home for a pre-determined length of time. Finally, I understand that many responder roles may require: · working with and around animals; · dealing with fractious or diseased animals; · exposures to zoonotic diseases (which can be transferred from animals to people); · working in extreme temperatures (hot and cold) for long periods, and being required to wear, work and clean in specific personal protective equipment for long periods of time and/or in extreme temperatures, including but not limited to; Tyvec® suits, gloves and respirators appropriate for the specific function. Please note: working in personal protective equipment can be very hot and taxing; · the ability to walk medium to long distances, which could be up to several miles including on uneven terrain, · the ability to stand, bend and/or kneel and reach repeatedly for long periods of time; · the ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds. Having carefully considered these essential responder functions, I am comfortable and willing to participate as an ASPCA Responder with the Field Investigation and Response Team.
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