National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.99 stars   77 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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EIN 77-0412509
888-459-4376
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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  

It has been my pleasure to partner with SDF for the last 2 years. Our two organizations partner together to identify dogs that will either make great search dogs or when a career change is called for become great service dogs.
It has been an honor to work with SDF, even though our missions are different we both have the same purpose, SDF by finding those lost in a disaster and Operation Freedom Paws , by helping those lost to trauma return to everyday life.
So that others may live.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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The Sacramento SPCA has had the pleasure of working with the National Search Dog Foundation (SDF) for the past two years to successfully place a dozen dogs with their organization. SDF is a joy to work with; their staff is organized and quite helpful in our efforts to place difficult dogs.
We often receive dogs that are not easily placed. They are often very focused and driven canines who can be difficult to manage in a typical family home environment. We are confident placing any dog with SDF as we know that even if they do not successfully make it through all of the search dog training; they will be placed in a permanent, responsible and loving home.
The Sacramento SPCA is proud to partner with SDF and look forward to many more years of working together to help change the lives of both dogs and people.
-Lizz Westphal, Rescue Coordinator, Sacramento SPCA

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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