Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula, California. Our mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by rescuing and recruiting dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters.
Meet Amber, a current candidate in training here at SDF, who brings drive and focus to our program! Amber still has much to learn in training before she is ready to graduate and meet her future handler, but she is picking up things rapidly and has a lot of fun working – a perfect combination when it comes to our program!
On April 27, 2018, SDF trainers officially “Passed the Leash” to Handlers from California Task Force 8 (San Diego) and New York Task Force 2 (Albany) during our Spring Search Team Graduation Ceremony. Blake, Luka, and Victor graduated from our training program, joining our nation’s elite roster of canine heroes training for the next disaster along with their new Handlers.