The Rachael Ray Rescue Brigade

WOOF! The 2018 Rachael Ray Rescue Brigade is our most successful yet!
Please join us in a round of “a-paws” for our SDF Family that contributed to The Rachael Ray Rescue Brigade this year.

With a final surge of support in August, we blew past our original goal and raised $546,620 to help turn shelter dogs into Search Dogs through our training program! That means we can continue to change the lives of these amazing canines and help them realize their potential as canine heroes, ready to save the lives of humans in the aftermath of disasters. We are incredibly humbled and grateful for your support and the love you’ve shown these dogs who are so deserving of it.

Click on the Yearbook cover above to flip through a digital yearbook of our current Canine Class!


The Rachael Ray Rescue Brigade gives everyone the opportunity to join the mission of turning shelter dogs into Search Dogs. Your donations to SDF are helping to cover the costs of:

  • Connecting with shelter and breed rescue groups across the country to find, evaluate and transport rescued dogs to our National Training Center.
  • Training our Class of Canine Recruits as they work toward becoming Search Dogs.
  • Caring for these special dogs throughout their entire lives.

Thank you all for being Part of the Search!


For almost a decade, Rachael Ray has been and continues to be one of our most generous supporters. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael’s pet food, Nutrish®, is donated to help animals in need through The Rachael Ray Foundation. Through March 2018, more than $27 million dollars have been donated to animal charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more.

We’re grateful to be among the organizations supported by The Rachael Ray Foundation and for the significant role their grants play in our capacity to recruit rescued dogs for our training program:

Finding a shelter dog with the extreme athleticism, laser focus and insatiable drive needed for disaster search is like finding “a furry needle in a haystack.” Our Canine Recruiters scour shelters and rescue groups across the country to identify strong candidates for our training program. It requires an immense amount of effort that includes medical screenings, behavioral evaluations, transportation, and engaging over 150 shelter and rescue groups.

Once rescued, every dog in the SDF family receives plenty of TLC, regardless of their career path. From providing daily care and food to funding medical treatments and wellness exams, SDF actively assures that they enjoy life in a happy and healthy environment and will never need to be rescued again.