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  • SDF-trained Search Teams achieve FEMA Re-Certification

    SDF congratulates teams from across the country who achieved FEMA Certification this weekend, including SDF-trained teams Sonja Heritage & Asta (California Task Force 5 - Orange County), Steve MacDonald & Lilly and Andrew Pitcher & Chief (both Nebraska Task Force 1)! On April 23, 2017, Canine Disaster Search Teams from across the nation participated in

  • SDF Announces a Very Special “Passing of the Leash”

    Over the past 20 years, the Search Dog Foundation has had many accomplishments and milestones to celebrate. It has been an honor to share each one of them with you along the way. In this way, you have been a part of our organization’s history and a vital part of

  • In Loving Memory of Kura, 2002 – 2017

    Kura was a candidate in the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) program, which trains assistance dogs, but she didn’t work out for them: the high energy and prey drive that work so well for a Search Dog are not traits that make for a good companion dog.  Luckily, her foster

  • SDF-trained Search Teams in New York and Texas staged for deployment this week

    SDF teams were called upon twice this week to prepare for disasters – Derek Chaky & Scout, Robert Grant & Rocky, Patti Krafft & Billy and Andrea Sutcliffe & Skye staged with their task force as tornado season kicked-off in Dallas, TX, while Greg Gould & Dax and Brian Girard

  • Homeless to Hero: Search Dog Demi Honored with Hero Award

    On Friday, March 31st, Placer SPCA presented their alum, former shelter dog turned Search Dog Demi, and her handler Mike Toepfer, with the Hero Award, an honor given annually to people, animals, and/or groups that have gone above and beyond to demonstrate how strong the human-animal bond is. Demi had

    Traveling Tails: See Your SDF Teams Hard at Work in Sacramento!

    I caught some of our teams in action as I traveled through the Sacramento area last weekend! Three Canine Disaster Search Teams trained by SDF were in attendance, along with several others, for the regularly scheduled training exercise held at a local recycling plant. Together, teams practiced their search skills

  • In Loving Memory of Retired SDF Handler Antonio Galvan

    It is with great sadness we must share that longtime SDF Handler Antonio Galvan passed away last week. Antonio was partnered with Search Dog Jezzie in 2003 as part of the founding group of SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams with Baja California Task Force 3 based in Tijuana, Mexico. Antonio

  • Multiple New York Agencies Team Up for Disaster Preparedness

    The East Coast’s newest SDF teams – Brian Girard & Keila and Chris Johnson & Charlie – aced a mock Certification Evaluation (CE) on Friday, March 24th, thanks to the combined efforts of the New York Police Department, New York Task Force 1 (based in NYC) and their own training

  • Lifetime Care dog Bart finds a new home and job!

    Meet Bart! After being surrendered by his original owners to the Humane Society of Cowlitz County in Longview, Washington, Bart’s future was uncertain… until SDF Canine Recruiter Kirsten Fulk spotted his intense interest in a tennis ball. He passed the rest of his Search Dog evaluation and began his formal

  • SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams achieve FEMA Re-Certification

    SDF congratulates all the teams from across the country who achieved FEMA Certification this weekend, including SDF-trained teams Roxanne Bauman & Cole, Madison Warner & Tanner (both Utah Task Force 1) and Davis Doty & Jester (California Task Force 5 - Orange County)! On March 4 and 5, 2017, federal urban search

    Happy Tails, Celeste!

    Believe it or not, SDF’s very own Celeste Matesevac is retiring after 14 years of incredible service to the Search Dogs, handlers, supporters and organization as a whole. As you know, Celeste’s warm and thoughtful demeanor has touched so many of us on a personal level and it’s hard to

    Search Teams From Across the Country 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 and ready for anything, Canine Disaster Search Teams must constantly hone their skills through intensive training – and what better place to do that than SDF’s National Training Center, specifically designed