RedRover, RedRover, send responders on over.

Jackson General Hospital is hosting a RedRover Responders Training event located in the JGH Learning Center from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

RedRover is a nonprofit animal welfare organization serving the United States and Canada. They focus on taking animals out of crisis situations and into care through three types of programs: RedRover Responders, RedRover Relief, and RedRover Readers.

Since 1987, RedRover has focused on bringing animals out of crisis situations and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance, and humane education.

Responders have worked in cooperation with law enforcement, local agencies, and animal organizations to shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and other life-threatening events.

RedRover Responders have been dispatched on 200 deployments, including the West Virginia Floods, Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and many more.

They are also a founding member of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC), which was established after Hurricane Katrina’s devastating impact to more people and animals than any other storm in the history of the United States.

More than 4,000 trainees are now in the RedRover Responders volunteer corps, with plans to expand to more than 5,000 over the next five years.

They have earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for four consecutive years.

RedRovers Responders Volunteer Training is a workshop that teaches the skills necessary to provide lifesaving care and sheltering for animals who are victims of natural disasters, puppy mills, hoarding, and other cases of cruelty.

The cost of the training is $45 and upon completion, all participants will receive a RedRover Responders t-shirt, volunteer handbook, and a certificate that signifies they are qualified responders who are available to be called for deployments.

Kim Izold, JGH director of corporate compliance, accreditation, risk management, patient safety, and HIPPA recently became involved with the RedRover Responders.

“I joined the WV Pets in Disaster Task Force in part due to my job at the hospital, but also for my love of animals,” Izold said. “The RedRover program is coming in to work with our group and anyone who wishes to volunteer, to train us on caring for and rescuing animals in disaster or puppy mill situations. I think many of us have seen on TV the aftermath of various disasters. It is often family pets which are left behind. This group is going to help us learn what to do to help them.”

To learn more about the RedRover Responders training and how to register, visit redrover.org/responders/joinresponders/ or for additional information on how RedRover is creating a more compassionate world, visit RedRover.org.