National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   66 reviews

Issues: Animals, Disaster Aid, Health

Location: 501 E Ojai Ave. Ojai CA 93023 USA

Mission: Our mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by producing highly skilled Canine-Firefighter Disaster Search Teams to search for victims of natural disasters and terrorist attacks. We are the only organization in the U.S. that recruits rescued dogs, gives them ongoing professional training, and partners them with firefighters and other first responders at no cost to their departments.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have written a Review earlier this year, but I'm so impressed with NDSDF that I sponsored a dog this year. My Labrador boy, "Clancy", will be graduating day after tomorrow, and will be paired with his new Firefighter/Handler, and donated to their Fire Department! I am so excited for Clancy and his new career!!

NDSDF's new training facility continues to make BIG progress due to generous donors, volunteers, and collaboration with other Organizations. I am delighted to be one of their donors!

When another disaster strikes where search dog units are deployed, I'll be watching the TV for Clancy climbing over the rubble!

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donate to NDSDF several times a year, and make a large donation at the end of the year. I have followed the growth of this Organization, and am impressed with the work they perform. They rescue dogs from shelters, (that may otherwise be euthanized), and train them to learn the work of Search and Rescue, then donate the dogs...free of charge..to a fire department. I continue to be impressed with the work they do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The new training facility is a masterful work in progress. From the rubble pile to the agility training to the houses and hotel, each and every project reflects the real life situations that the handlers and their partners may encounter. While touring the facility I was very impressed with detail that is ongoing to work with the existing landscape and terrain as well as implementing a sustainable water system. I can't wait to see the finished buildings for dog and handler facilities. The memorial wall and surrounding area is also very moving; a testament to the time, effort and dedication of all the handlers and partners who have given so much of themselves.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have had a long standing relationship with NDSDF and have supported them through fund raisers and events we held on their behalf. They have always been supportive of our efforts, sending materials and for some events, a search team visited our events. These are great people!

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

NDSDF is transparent, dedicated, smart, and trustworthy. I have been a donor for 13 years. I always know where the money is being utilized. Their products that can be purchased are of the highest quality. They keep me informed without being annoying AND they have called me to thank me personally. National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is my preferred non-profit.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make them move to my state so I could volunteer and work with them in person!

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Animals helping animals! How magnificent! Rescued Dogs given a second life, a job, rescuing lost, stranded, and buried people! What more can you ask for? The best organization I've ever donated to.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing! They all do beyond their best!

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have donated to the Search Dog Foundation several times as a memorial to the pets of family & friends who have passed. We've been so impressed with how quickly SDF has notified the owners of the pets we have memorialized. We also appreciate the letter we receive from SDF recognizing our donation. It is so much more than a receipt. It is friendly, informative & well designed. The Estate & Development Manager has even written a personal note on the letter we receive. SDF also has volunteers do a follow up phone call to donors thanking them for their support. SDF always makes us feel that our donation is appreciated & that we're helping to do something good by making the donation. We feel this is an outstanding organization & we will continue to support it whenever we can.

Warmly,
LERYL & VICKI BROWN
Troy, ID

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My contact with SDF has been as a donor. I truly cannot think of anything the organization could do to improve communication with donors.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our company has had the great honor to work with this wonderful organization in recognizing donors, trainers and the precious dogs who are trained to benefit our humanity in disaster search and rescue. This organization utilizes its resources with great integrity. We have seen it grow to a world-class facility thanks to the leaders, trainers, and volunteers involved and the generosity of the many compassionate donors.

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Life-changing

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2014

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The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation responds quickly to disasters throughout the country and around the globe, sending highly trained dogs and their handlers to search for survivors. I'm very impressed with this organization and the commitment of all those involved in this important work.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been evolved with the SDF early on. Our donated dollars are very well spent. Much thought has gone into the organation. How much better can it get from rescuing dogs and giving them a job to rescue people caught in a disaster?
Our heart felt appreciation goes out to all the team at SDF..dogs included!
God bless, the Courson family

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Was your donation impactful?

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered SDF through another website and was so impressed with their mission I immediately knew I had to donate towards their "cause". The idea of helping in searches while saving dogs at the same time stole my heart as I am huge into rescuing. As I have mentioned to them, I also donate to the ASPCA and HSUS and nothing annoys me more to then receive things I don't want, i.e. address labels, calendars, shoelaces, mittens, etc. It makes me wonder how much of what I gave goes to the organization. When I received a phone call from Debra after my first donation thanking me, I was more than surprised. I knew then that this was an organization I would continue to donate to. And, then receiving just a thank you note and a bookmark was perfectly fine with me although I do also enjoy the update emails. I will continue with my donations thanks to their good deeds!

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2013

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