The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), a non-profit, non-governmental organization that trains the most highly certified canine-firefighter disaster search teams in the nation, is in immediate need of volunteers to comb the local shelters or surf the Internet to find high-energy Labs and golden retrievers with the drive and focus required in a disaster search dog.
Many SDF dogs were discovered at shelters only hours before being euthanized. 100 rescued dogs tested annually, 50 of these are accepted into the program, and 20 make it to become an SDF search dog.
Dogs needed to begin training by Oct 1.
Seeking volunteers throughout the state of California.
America needs more than 450 certified Canine Search Teams to adequately respond to disasters in our country, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and landslides. Right now, there are less than half that many, and experienced teams are retiring every year.
Terry Miller, program director, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation via phone, 888-459-4376 x 109, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE SDF:
Founded in 1996, SDF addresses a critical gap in America’s emergency response network by producing highly trained search and rescue dog teams to find people buried alive in the aftermath of national disasters ranging from earthquakes and mudslides to collapsed buildings, such as the World Trade Center rubble after 9/11 terrorists attacks.
Headquartered in Ventura County, California, SDF is the only organization in the U.S. that recruits rescued dogs, gives them professional, ongoing training, and partners them with firefighters and other first responders at no cost to their departments. The organization obtains the dogs from shelters and breed-rescue groups, and currently has over 60 teams located in California, Florida, Oklahoma, New York, and Baja California.
For more information, visit http://www.searchDogFoundation.org