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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.99 stars   77 reviews 5,753

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501 E Ojai Ave. Ojai CA 93023 USA

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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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888-459-4376
www.SearchDogFoundation.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the Program Manager for Texas Task Force 2 - Urban Search and Rescue, I am very pleased to share the incredible work that the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation does. One of the more difficult positions to fill on a US&R Task Force is that of the canine search specialist. It is difficult to find people that have the skills to train their own dogs to find live victims in collapsed structures. The testing for this skill set is extremely difficult because so much relies on the canine to do their job right every single time. While finding people willing to be handlers is difficult, it is even more difficult to train the ones that are willing. The NDSDF exists to provide trained canines with the unimpeachable skill set to find live victims in collapsed structures. There is so much work that goes into this training. These dogs are extremely valuable to the Task Forces that are fortunate enough to have them, but these dogs are even more valuable to the victims whose lives depend on that dog finding them. The work of the NDSDF does not stop there. They train the handlers that will be working with their dogs. They continue to provide on going training for the service life of that dog. It is my experience that the dogs provided by the NDSDF are the finest in the US&R system. I could not be more pleased or more fortunate that Texas Task Force 2 is the recipient of a number of dogs supplied by the NDSDF. Everyone I have worked with in the organization are professionals in every sense of the word. The NDSDF is the finest example of what a non-profit organization should be.

Steve Coffman, Program Manager
Texas Task Force 2

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Since 2009, I have been fortunate to be the Lifetime Care provider for a NDSDF dog that did not complete the training program. Bodie Dog doesn't have the sustained drive to be a search dog, but he is a wonderful companion and has become my dear friend. NDSDF checks in with me regularly to see how Bodie is doing and they provided incredible support when he was injured this year. Adopting a Lifetime Care dog was a way for me to support this great organization and the vital service they provide when disasters happen. It is exciting when I get an update about the deployed dogs working around the world, searching for people in such tough situations. And I am selfishly glad Bodie failed out of the program because he is the best dog and such a wonderful part of my family!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Top Notch organization! Very proud and honored to be part of the NDSDF. They rescue dogs from shelters and train them to find live victims of disasters. They have a small staff, but everyone is always willing to help or answer any question you may have. The training center is second to none and growing! The handler / canine teams would not be successful without everyone in this great organization, the staff, volunteers, sponsors and donors.

Derek Chaky & Scout

TXTF-2

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

NDSDF takes dogs that nobody wants and turns them into the best trained search dogs in the country, if not the world. Not only is this the humane thing to do, but from a business model its amazing! Other kennels pay thousands of dollars for a puppy and won't know for up to a year if it has what it takes to do this job, while the Search Dog Foundation finds the dogs with this attributes and RESCUES them for pennies on the dollar. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED SDF!!!

 
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Six years ago the Search Dog Foundation gave my family a wonderful gift. They entrusted us with the care of a dog that had "washed out" of basic training at SDF.
SDF rescued an athletic and energetic 6 month old that had been picked up on the street and left at a county shelter. While promising at the start, during training it became clear he doesn't show all of the particular traits needed in a disaster search dog. Despite that, SDF remains committed to his care to this day. They required careful screening before placing him with us, and keep in communication, even after six years, to ensure his well-being.
While he may not have the makings of a disaster search dog, he shines as a companion. We could not be more grateful. Thank you, SDF!

 
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We are fortunate and privileged to have been a part of this magnificent organization since inception. We have watched with enthusiasm and great pleasure as the Foundation and Training Center grew from a canyon of brush, weeds and wasteland to the beautiful and functional ground it is now, a university for training search dogs. We have witnessed the training of rescued, high energy, unmanageable dogs become rescuers. With the proper training, facilities and tools provided by the National Search Dog Foundation these animals become life savers. Everyone associated with this great organization is a hero and a humanitarian. We proudly support this organization.

 
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As a past Executive Director of a smaller nonprofit agency, I realize what passion; sweat equity and how much we rely on the assistance of many volunteers, donors and sponsors to make a nonprofit agency successful! The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (NDSDF) has done everything to make this organization far exceed all expectations. The experienced staff, highly skilled trainers as well as the many outside resources, volunteers, donors and sponsors are what make this organization run like a well-oiled machine. The training facility is state of the art with new additions coming in the future. What the NDSDF does is incomparable to any other.

At the end of the day, canines that could possibly be realizing their last days on this earth are rescued from shelters and are trained to save lives. From,“Rescued to Rescuer”. Although the program is not right for every canine because they do not have all of the characteristics needed for this tough job, every canine in the program is guaranteed a Lifetime Care Commitment whether they make it through the program, or not. They are either placed with another agency such as for detection work or several others, or placed with a loving family that will be their forever home.

My passion and respect for this foundations’ mission and how their work affects so many other lives is indescribable. I can now proudly say that I am the recipient of one of the foundations highly trained search and rescue canines and we are now a SUSAR Type I certified team with a tornado deployment under our belt. Trainings are always amazing to watch these canines work, but working with Skye on a deployment, he took it to an even higher level. He realized that this was no longer a training, but the “real deal” and went straight to work. He was fascinating to watch! There are no words to express the level of gratitude and appreciation that I have for the foundation, trainers, staff, donors, sponsors and the many volunteers who have allowed me to realize my dream.

Andi Sutliffe and Skye
Dallas, TX

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

I would absolutely not make any changes! Would only hope for additional donations! This would more canines to be rescued and trained to become rescuers.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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This is the best nonprofit that I have ever been associated with. Every person and canine that works, volunteers or is associated with this foundations not only gives 100% but becomes extremely passionate with the work and it shows in the product that is produced. Their customer service is incredible and when you work with the team you truly feel like family. I can't say enough incredible things about everyone and the integrity of this foundation.

 
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I am so honored to be a part of one of the best nonprofits organizations in America! To take a canine, oftentimes rescues from shelters/pounds, and give them a job they are so innately good at is simply remarkable. As a member of one of FEMA's 28 Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces, I can say that our job of finding and rescuing missing people in a disaster would be much more difficult without the use of these highly trained canines. The use of cameras and audio devices is not as efficient and reliable as the nose of these canines. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is committed to training the best canines in the country. This is evident with their state of the art training facilities, exceptional trainers, support staff, and volunteers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

SDF is a great company doing great things! They are a wonderful nonprofit and I look forward to seeing how they continue to grow.

 
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