Basic Animal Rescue

Course Overview

This 3-day Operational level course is designed for individuals seeking to improve their animal handling skills, rescue techniques and scene management of animal rescue efforts in slack water and low-angle technical rope rescue environments. The emphasis of the class is directed toward how to safely and professionally succeed in animal rescue efforts. All rescue techniques will be taught to human rescue standards and will meet and exceed NFPA 1670 Animal Rescue Guidelines. The course will target the most frequently encountered species in disaster situations: dogs and cats.


Day 1: Classroom:

  • Small Animal Behavior
  • Small Animal Handling
  • Small Animal First Aid

Day 2: Low Angle Rope: Knots, Anchors, Hardware, Team Structure, Mechanical Advantage

Day 3: Static Water: Personal Flotation Devices, Thermal and Haz Mat Protection, Boats and Motor/Engines

Prerequisite: None

Student Requirements

  1. Students must be 18 years old and have a moderate swimming ability to face challenging situations in dynamic water.
  2. No pre-requisite course is required. Although it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of knots, anchors, and mechanical advantage.
  3. Students must have personal medical insurance or department insurance coverage.
  4. Student will need to provide their own wetsuit and footwear for the course. Rentals are available (see details below). All other gear is provided for you.

Cancellation Policy

If you absolutely cannot attend, your tuition will be refunded only if cancellation is made 15 days prior to class start date, No exceptions please, ie. (Funerals, Weddings, Personal Illness, Employer Conflicts). Cancellations after this time period are non-refundable and cannot be credited to another course.

Class sizes are kept small for quality "one-on-one" training but our courses require a minimum number of personnel for safety and team effectiveness. Therefore, students dropping at the last minute could jeopardize the course numbers resulting in the cancellation of the class for all others scheduled. However, you will be refunded in full if the class has been cancelled by the instructor.

Dates and locations

Please contact for current schedule and information.


$450 per student

  • Contact us to pay with a personal check
  • Contact us to register multiple students at a discounted rate

Chico Area Lodging

(Hotels are within 5 miles of each other)
(List increases in price)
*Student discounts may be available

Motel 6

Best Western Heritage Inn

Oxford Suites

Holiday Inn

Marriott Hotel Residence Inn

Check on-line for additional Chico lodging options

Camping: **State Parks Campground at Lime Saddle Marina on Lake Oroville (20 min from Chico, 530-538-2219)

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