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  • Search Dog Skye is a finalist in American Humane Hero Dog Awards in the Search and Rescue category

    Thanks to your voting, Search Dog Skye is one of three semifinalists for the Hero Dog Awards in the Search and Rescue category! Now, we need to keep voting daily to make sure that he’s the winner in the SAR category and possibly wins the official Hero Dog title this

  • 3 New Search Teams Join the SDF Roster!

    In April 2018, three Search Dog Candidates graduated from our training program, joining our nation’s roster of canine heroes. Along with their new First Responder-Handlers, they are now taking their first steps in a career dedicated to serving the nation when disaster strikes.  SDF’s newest Canine Disaster Search Teams joining

  • Meet Our Newest Search Dog Recruit: Amber!

    Amber is from a private donor in nearby Fillmore, California. This gorgeous and sweet-natured Belgian Malinois has been stealing the hearts of trainers and staff alike. She is learning to connect a strong bark alert with the reward of a fire hose tug toy – one of her favorites!  Amber

  • Search Teams From California Task Force 5 Train for Disasters at our National Training Center

    It’s not a matter of if, but when the next natural or man-made disaster will occur. To stay prepared, Canine Disaster Search Teams must constantly hone their skills through rigorous training exercises – and what better place to do that than SDF’s National Training Center, specifically designed for Disaster Search

  • Thank you for your support in the wake of disasters that hit so close to home for SDF

    The night of December 4, 2017, will forever be remembered at SDF as the night that we narrowly escaped disaster at our new home, the National Training Center (NTC), when the Thomas Fire raged through our canyon. Though we evacuated all dogs and staff in plenty of time and our main

  • Meet Our Newest Search Dog Recruit: Victor!

    Prior to arriving at our doors, this lovable Lab mix had been part of a court case and was in protective custody while his owner was on trial for criminal charges. When the owner received a life-term prison sentence, Manny was released from custody and sent to Haven Humane Society

  • In Loving Memory of Zoey, 2003 – 2018

    Among the many success stories of High Sierra Animal Rescue in Portola, California is the tale of Zoey, an energetic Border Collie who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to become a National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Search Dog. Born in July of 2003, Zoey’s owner abandoned her when she was only

  • Search Teams stage for possible mudslides during California storm

    Ahead of a major rainstorm event this week, Task Forces throughout California prepared to respond, in case of a repeat of the devastating Montecito mudslides in January 2018. Six SDF-trained Search Teams were activated to stand ready -- teams from Long Beach Fire and Orange County Fire Authority arrived in

  • Florida teams search for survivors of pedestrian bridge collapse

      On March 15, SDF-trained Search Team Julie Padelford-Jansen & Ricochet responded with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to a collapsed pedestrian bridge that had been under construction on the Florida International University campus. Ricochet and teammates searched for survivors, ensuring no one was left behind beneath the rubble that covered multiple cars and walkways.

  • To The Rescue

    VC Reporter | Santa Paula-based Search Dog Foundation teams pivotal across the world, at home

  • 7 SDF Search Teams Achieve Certification!

    Congratulations to all of the Canine Disaster Search Teams who recently achieved Certification in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Riverside, California! On February 23, Oklahoma Task Force 1 hosted a State Certification evaluation in Tulsa where several Search Teams passed the test, including veteran SDF team Judy Zinn & Royce. This marked

  • In Loving Memory of Rico, 2006 – 2018

    Everyone who has ever met Rico has seen his tremendous potential and had great expectations for this playful Black Labrador. Originally named Recon, he was born into the Guide Dogs of America (GDA) program on December 8, 2006. By the end of 2007, it had been decided that while Recon