The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR) team has vast experience in investigating and responding to cruelty and disaster cases across the country and has made its wealth of knowledge accessible to everyone in 10 free online courses.
Animal welfare professionals, veterinarians, emergency management, law enforcement, public health and other government officials will especially benefit from these courses, and may be eligible for certificates of completion for each course.
How Individuals Can Participate with FIR: The ASPCA is always looking for individuals to deploy to our cruelty and disaster operations and assist with on-the-ground animal care and logistics. In order to be eligible, you must complete the following courses:
- FIR: Rescuing Animals from Cruelty and Disasters
- Large-Scale Operations
- Animal Cruelty Investigations: Crime Scenes and Evidence Collection
- Fundamentals of Emergency Sheltering
FIR: Rescuing Animals from Cruelty and Disasters (90 minutes)
Learn the tactics and strategies the ASPCA FIR team employs to combat animal cruelty and respond to disasters.
On the Frontlines: Joining the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team (90 minutes)
Find out how your shelter, rescue group, transport company or response team can collaborate with the ASPCA’s FIR team on large-scale disaster and cruelty operations.
The ASPCA's Disaster Response Program (90 minutes)
Discover how the ASPCA's Disaster Response Program works with emergency management, public health, and animal welfare organizations to prepare for natural and man-made disasters—and how you can put these principles to use in your own community.
Large-Scale Operations: Animal Cruelty Cases and Natural Disasters (90 minutes)
Join us for an in-depth look at the components of large scale field operations, including field rescue, temporary sheltering, behavior evaluations, placement, and transport. Learn how to plan for the ever-changing environment and strategies for resource and personnel management.
Animal Fighting: Investigating and Prosecuting Bloodsports (90 minutes)
Get an in-depth look at animal fighting and learn strategies to investigate and prosecute cases from law enforcement and responders who have handled hundreds of animal fighting cases. You’ll also learn ways the ASPCA can assist you in your local efforts to combat bloodsports.
Animal Cruelty Investigations: Crime Scenes and Evidence Collection (90 minutes)
Learn how to work with law enforcement and other animal welfare agencies to conduct thorough investigations, including evidence collection and documentation, chain of custody, and case packaging.
In the Field: Veterinary Forensics (90 minutes)
Find out how veterinarians can assist with cruelty investigations, including evidence collection, medical exams and documentation, necropsies and field components. Learn strategies for diagnosis, disease prevention, and treatment in emergency shelters and how to prepare vets and vet techs for work in the field.
Field Sheltering and Temporary Shelters (90 minutes)
Discover what it takes to create and manage a large-scale temporary shelter, from the planning and resource acquisition to the setup, daily operations, and oversight of these challenging ventures.
Fundamentals of Emergency Sheltering (60 minutes)
Get the nuts and bolts of designing, maintain and demobilizing a large-scale temporary shelter. You’ll learn everything from where to locate your shelter to how to how to provide daily in-kennel enrichment to hundreds of animals to dismantling the shelter at the end of the operation.
Emergency Shelter Medicine (60 minutes)
Learn the ins and outs of applying good veterinary medicine to a large-scale temporary shelter setting. Topics include shelter design, sanitation, isolation wards, populations served, staffing and medical protocols.