Deploying with a service animal

Any questions you may have about service animals and their role in Team Rubicon.

Are current working dogs allowed on TR operations?
Team Rubicon does not employ animals during operations, so Team Rubicon will not make accommodations for trained-working dogs on casual status brought out o...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:21
Are retired working dogs allowed on TR operations?
A retired working dog is considered a pet and Team Rubicon will not make accommodations for it on operations. For more information, read our policy here. 
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:19
Can I bring my service animal to TR events or on operations?
Yes. The furrier, the merrier! Team Rubicon adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not require any information for service animals to...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:21
What documentation does TR require for service animals to deploy?
Team Rubicon adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not require any information for service animals to deploy. However, because it’s ...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:20
If I bring my service dog on an operation, can I take it in the field? If I cannot take my service dog in the field with me, where would it stay during the day? And does that require me to stay at the FOB?
It is up to the individual handler to weigh the risk of exposure and ability to perform the assigned work with the necessity of needing a service animal. Th...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:18
What are the rules for travel and lodging if I have a service animal?
Rules for service animals are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Acts and, thus, a person with a disability and a service dog that travels via a ...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:19
Who do I notify if I plan to bring my service dog?
The handler should contact the Resource Unit Leader or Incident Commander listed on the dispatch instructions to ascertain status of lodging and secure appr...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:20
Do I have to make arrangements for a service dog to fly with me or will TR?
It is the responsibility of the handler to coordinate with the public carrier for the service dog to travel with the handler. Team Rubicon will not coordina...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:20
Will my service dog be safe? Is there a plan if something would happen to my service dog? Are there any specific safety requirements for service dogs to deploy and go in the field?
Team Rubicon provides a safe and healthy environment for all members when deployed and mitigates as much risk as possible in disaster zones. The safety of t...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:18
I have an emotional support animal. Does Team Rubicon still consider this to be a service animal and will he/she still be allowed to deploy?
The Americans with Disabilities Act does not recognize an emotional support animal or service animal-in-training as a service animal, and concessions are no...
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 16:17