This class is offered approximately twice each year and is designed for those who have experience handling dogs in animal rescue, animal control, sheltering or veterinary settings, or those who have a desire to help with lost pet recovery, or homeless/stray dog rescues through lost pet searches and humane capture.
Our most recent class was held in early November, 2019. No class dates have been set yet for 2020. Please fill out the Workshop Interest Form below if you would like to be notified once the next class has been scheduled.
WORKSHOP SUMMARY: This workshop will focus exclusively on humane trapping and capture of dogs and will cover: Steps for locating lost dogs; when trapping is the right solution; common trapping myths; necessary supplies; alternative and innovative humane capture equipment; advance preparation; requirements for a successful trapping; animal AND human behavior at the trapping site; types of trapping equipment; choosing a trapping site; pitfalls to avoid; stories of successful captures; difficult cases and creative strategies; the use of technology in trapping; post-capture planning; and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to accompany experienced HARTT trappers on an active trapping case (as they become available) in the months to come. The goal of the workshop is to expand the network of qualified trappers who use “best practice” trapping techniques and who can come to the aid of animals in need. HARTT welcomes attendees from all agencies and rescue organizations, as well as independent rescuers.
Trapping equipment and solutions that will be covered in class include the following traditional, and non-traditional equipment – all owned by HARTT:
- Humane box traps (like those pictured here)
- Drop traps
- Pole nets and snares
- Drop nets
- “Missy Traps” (or corral-type traps)
- Jumbo traps
- Ray Trippers (laser beam-triggered trap devices)
- Cellular and non-cellular trail cameras
Trapping equipment will be on display during the class and available for hands-on practice and demonstration. The class content includes multimedia presentations including videos of successful captures. All attendees who choose to actively volunteer with HARTT following the class, once trained in the field, will be able to access and utilize all of the equipment shown above.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Cheryl Naumann is the founder of HARTT and has worked in animal welfare and rescue for more than 18 years. Click on her name for her detailed bio.
Attendees must be 18 years of age or older. Registration fees are utilized to purchase and maintain trapping equipment for use by workshop graduates, subject to availability and restrictions, and to provide care for animals rescued by HARTT.