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  • #ShareTheLove with a shelter dog turned Search Dog this month!

    So many courageous two- and four-legged heroes have worked hard to help others over the years… now it’s our turn to give back. In honor of Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week, we at SDF are challenging you to #ShareTheLove this month by doing something selfless for our

  • From Rescued to Rescuer: Meet two of our Search Dog Recruits!

    Blake and Dora didn’t have an easy life on the streets before joining the SDF family, but now that they’ve entered SDF’s Canine Training Program at our National Training Center (NTC), they have a new “leash on life” and are excelling during their Search Dog training! BLAKE Blake was picked

  • SDF Teams Search After Landslide Encases Home in Hollywood Hills, CA

    In the early evening hours of January 30, 2017, SDF Search Teams Eric Ingstad & Java and Cynthia Sato & Roxy were called on to respond to a landslide in Hollywood Hills with Los Angeles Fire Department. According to news reports, one of the original 911 calls was made by

  • SDF Team searches river bed after vehicle washes up in Orange County, CA

    SDF Team Searches River Bed After Vehicle Washes Up in Orange County, CA As a third, and most powerful, storm hit Southern California this week, it packed a punch that created flooding and mudslides throughout the region. SDF-trained Search Team Alex Van & Winnie responded to a vehicle found washed

  • Two SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams achieve Certification in Florida

    Congratulations to all the teams from across the country who achieved FEMA Certification this weekend, including SDF-trained teams Eric Darling & Ben (Pennsylvania Task Force 1) and Frankie Grant & Merlin (Utah Task Force 1)! On January 21 & 22, 2017, FEMA canine teams from across the nation gathered in Plantation,

  • Two new Search Teams graduate and join the SDF roster!

    On Friday, January 20, 2017, SDF proudly added two new Search Teams to our roster during the Search Team Graduation Ceremony at our NTC. Bob George & Shadow and Mike Toepfer & Demi join the ranks of 63 SDF-trained Search Teams nationwide as part of California Task Force 2, part

  • Search Dog in training Bravo

    Meet your SDF Canine Class of 2017!

    As we continue to spread the word that we are always in need of future Search Dogs and pound the pavement to locate them, we are so pleased to introduce you to the canine candidates currently in training. These dogs have come from all over the country to live and

  • Two SDF Lifetime Care dogs find new homes, just in time for the holidays!

      Meet Kate! This adorable reddish-colored Lab was bred for hunting but after her original owner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she was returned to her breeder. When SDF recruiter Kirsten Fulk was called and evaluated her, it was clear that Kate had great potential as a Search Dog! Unfortunately, after

  • SDF Teams search after tree falls on crowd in Whittier, CA

    SDF Teams Search for Survivors After Tree Falls on Wedding Party Photo Shoot What began as a beautiful celebration ended in tragedy the afternoon of December 17th, when a large eucalyptus tree fell on a wedding party taking photos in Whittier, CA. Sadly, the mother-of-the-bride was killed and several others injured

  • Search Dog Gypsy and Handler Tom Carney

    In loving memory of Gypsy, 2003 – 2016

    Gypsy’s Story Gypsy, an energetic Border Collie, was donated by SDF Canine Handler Deresa Teller when she was two months old. Just to look at her, you could see the boundless energy she possessed from her perky ears to her bushy tail. Gypsy was placed in the loving prep home

  • California Task Force 1 at the NTC

    LA Teams train at the NTC

    On Friday, December 2, six Los Angeles-based Canine Disaster Search Teams trained at SDF’s National Training Center. Taking advantage of our Search City and Disaster Training Zone training areas, the teams challenged themselves on rubble and building searches as well as wide area and vehicle searches. Photographed: SDF teams: Robert

  • Search Dog Tanner and Handler Madison Warner

    Herriman, UT missing person search

    Maddie and Tanner searched for a missing person at 2am on the 19th. Maddie had been dispatched to a serious car crash as an EMT that morning. Maddie reports: “The car was about 25 yards off the road, severely damaged, on its roof in a field.” She was treating two