Volunteer Training Requirements

Thank you for your interest in joining the Central California Animal Disaster Team!  We are looking for individuals who can voluntarily deploy within the counties of Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare, Mariposa, Merced and Kern.

Please note:  Before you can be deployed as a disaster responder, there are training requirements that need to be completed.  In addition, all documents listed below will need to be submitted.  To apply, please click here.  


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Applicant is responsible for fee.
  • Complete CCADT application and other required documents
  • Submit $25 application fee (waived for 2021)
  • Must be in good physical and mental health
  • Be willing to work shifts within a 24-hour cycle and on weekends.
  • Valid California driver's license (need copy)
  • Proof of medical insurance (need copy)
  • Proof of updated tetanus vaccination (need copy)
  • Ability to handle small and/or large animals
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer knowledge helpful (MS Word, MS Excel)


The CCADT is an emergency response organization that works with displaced people during a disaster.  All volunteers (new and current) are required to have a background check every five years.    COEUS GLOBAL is an online background screening company that CCADT has contracted with.  Potential and existing volunteers are asked to pay for their background screening.  If there is a financial hardship, please send an email to

COST:  $16.95 which covers federal, state, and county background checks. 
              $ 9.00  If you will be transporting animals or pulling trailers, an additional motor vehicle report is required  

Click this link to request a background check

If you are unable to go online or having issues filling out online form, please contact Naomi Tobias - PRIOR to filling out paper form.  

Paper Application:  You may download, fill out and sign the paper application. An example of how to fill out form is also included.  We recommend you download the example to review.  On the application form, if you are a volunteer, vendor, or contractor- DO NOT FILL OUT PAGE 3.   Please pay by check, money order, or cashier's check payable to Central CA Animal Disaster Team.  Mail the application and payment to:  Central CA Animal Disaster Team - 5132 N. Palm Ave, #113; Fresno, CA 93704 or contact Annette Omachi to arrange a drop off.  If you have any questions, please email -