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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation needs your help

By Gary Bogue
Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 6:48 am in 9/11 dogs, dogs, Search Dogs.

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:

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.

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One Response to “National Disaster Search Dog Foundation needs your help”

  1. Debby Says:


    My name is Debby and I live in Central Florida. I am a Border Collie breeder and rescue. I currently have a couple of registered dogs that I would be willing to donate to your organization. I would love to be a volunteer myself, however, I am disabled and unable to traverse the terrain that an S&R team would be required to cover.

    A fellow BC lover sent me the video from the ABC TV interview with Danny Solice (sp?) and his BC dog, Sandy. He mentioned that you still need over 200 dogs, and in that area I can help.

    I do not know your criteria for the dogs you take in. I have a small size female almost a year old and a golden-red male that just recently turned 2. They are both high drive, yet very affectionate and kind. I would be willing to donate them to you with their papers. They are ABCA registered. The female was from a breeding between a friend and myself, she just had her first litter a few months ago. The male was a rescue. Both of them have excellent breeding. I do have an older 8yr old male rescue, but I doubt he would be a consideration for your team due to his age. I have had some awesome rescues come through my kennel and all have found great homes. A couple of them that I donated to the Texas Police Academy are working in police work and one is an airport sniff dog. The academy is under new management and I haven’t sent any more dogs to them since all their policies have changed. I have been looking for a new outlet for my qualifying rescues and I hope you are interested.

    The link to my website is attached below. The two dogs I am referring to are Odie (a rescue) and Splash. The older dog is Oreo if you know anyone looking for a retired BC with good house manners.

    If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call at any time.

    Oh! I also have an awesome pit bull male. He’s a little less than a year old, purebred but no papers. He was born blind but doesn’t know he’s blind. He is a typical terrier, tenacious, bold, and people loving. His nose more than compensates for his lack of vision. I think this type of thing would be perfect for him. I love this dog! However, he is too boisterous for me and knocks me down. With my disability, that is not hard to do. He is always very apologetic afterwards. He’s just a puppy and can be trained to outgrow his playfulness and with a nose like his, he would thrive in this type of activity. He does not act blind and no one has ever known until we told them. He acts like a normal dog. He’s not skittish or nervous at all and is very “jolly” and friendly. I just had him neutered and he’s current on all of his vaccinations. If he might be a consideration, I would gladly place him with you where he can be used to help people. I think he would enjoy that. He loves people. He weighs about 70-75 pounds now. I doubt he will get any bigger. He is also pictured on my website.

    Please let me know if you are interested in any of my guys.

    “Debby’s Dogges”

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