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  • Two New York-based Teams Search Apartment Building Collapse

    As rain fell on Monday, June 19th, New York Task Force 2 (NY-TF2) responded to a call that a two and a half story wood frame apartment complex had collapsed. Apparently abandoned, citizens feared that transients may have been inside at the time the structure gave way. With human life

  • Happy Tails: Lifetime Care Dog Betsy’s Busy Nose Sniffs Out Top Prizes

    By Paul Loboschefsky When Christine Wilson saw the picture of Betsy she knew she had to adopt the dog. Intelligent and driven, Betsy had been selected by SDF as a search dog candidate in 2011 from the Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary in Elverta, CA. Unfortunately, Betsy also

  • Three SDF Search Teams achieve State Re-Certification

    Congratulations to SDF’s three Dallas Disaster Search Teams who achieved advanced Type I Re-Certification through the State Urban Search & Rescue Alliance (SUSAR) on Friday, June 2: Keri Grant & Tucker, Laurel Pitman & Sonic and Andrea Sutcliffe & Skye! SDF Program Manager Debra Tosch was in Salina, KS to

  • Meet Our Newest Search Dog Recruits: Fender and Delta!

    Meet two of our canine candidates in training: Fender and Delta! SDF trainers say these two beautiful canines are fun to work with and moving through the program quickly. We expect to see them both graduate later this year so keep your eyes out for more updates on these superstars!  

  • Utah Canine Disaster Search Team Aids in Efforts to Find Missing Child

    Deployment Report dated May 17, 2017, by SDF Handler Madison Warner: “Tanner and I were called out to Eagle Mountain, Utah for a search on a missing 7-year-old with our teammates Patrick Cullen and Pyro. After meeting with incident command, Tanner and I were assigned a 2.5 mile search up

  • SDF Hosts First-Ever Deployment Simulation Exercise at Our National Training Center

    On May 10th and 11th, SDF welcomed Virginia Task Force 1 (VA-TF1) to our National Training Center (NTC) for an intense two-night deployment simulation exercise. In the training scenario, a devastating earthquake had struck South America, and VA-TF1 members were to establish an effective operation strategy to carry out their

  • In Loving Memory of Jakers, 2004 – 2017

    “Jakers came out of his kennel bouncing like a rabbit!” remembered Julie Haslam, one of SDF’s outstanding volunteers at the time who canvassed shelters looking for the few special dogs with the rare qualities it takes to become a Disaster Search Dog. “I showed him a toy and his eyes

  • SDF Teams Search For Survivors After Deadly Texas Tornadoes

    On the night of Saturday, April 29, members of Texas Task Force 2, including five SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams, deployed to Canton, Texas, to assist in searching for survivors following a series of deadly tornadoes that left a path of destruction through three counties. The SDF teams deployed were: Derek

  • Two SDF-trained Teams Search For Missing Person in Irvine, CA

    SDF-trained Search Teams Donovan George & Ollie and Doug Van Iwaarden & Sadie deployed in the city of Irvine, California on Friday, April 28, for a missing person search. The person went missing Thursday night at about 8:00 pm and the Search Teams were called out Friday morning to help with search

  • 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