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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Emergency Medical Services & Transport, Health, Search & Rescue Squads

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.

Programs: Produce dogs trained in search and rescue with fire fighter handlers directly influencing how disaster search dogs are trained nationally.

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An organization that searches out the talented misfits of the K9 world and trains them into top-tier search dogs--what's not to love? Where most people would give up on these lively doggos, SDF exhibits patience, professionalism, and kindness to give these four-legged heroes a new life. I have seen this organization grow over the past few years and they are always at the forefront in training, k9 care, and giving back--not just to the local community--but to our entire society as the dogs they train deploy in response to disasters worldwide!

hismile64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at National Disaster Search Dog Foundation for about 6 months. This organization is absolutely amazing! The people here are clearly passionate about what they do and it shows in all aspects. As a volunteer, I feel extremely appreciated and valued. The dogs are trained by professionals and are extremely well cared for. I feel blessed to be able to be a part of the SDF Family!

Kathy C.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this company on Facebook and from what I have seen the work they do for both dogs and people just fills my heart with hope. If you love dogs, this company is just amazing. Dogs that have difficulty getting homes, but love to work and serve are rescued and loved. They also help humanity in some of the most desperate of situations. I just cannot think of a better nonprofit. Thank you for your work and inspirational stories. Maybe there is hope for us yet.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I 1st learned of this group when I decided to donate after the attack on the world trade towers in New York City. I knew people would be donating money to aid and assist people so I decided to donate to aid and assist all the search and rescue dogs who came from across the country can you york city solely for the purpose of helping.

I have seen this organization grow from a small group of dedicated individuals to O large foundation of extraordinary trainers dogs and handlers.

I am very proud to be a supporter of this foundation and hope many will join me in supporting and sponsoring.

Jolene T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to send out a heart felt thank you to National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF). Moxie is the most amazing and dedicated search dog and SDF helped in ways they can’t imagine. In the last couple of weeks Moxie was diagnosed with cancer in her back leg and told it would have to be amputated. She had the surgery Monday night and came home last night, she is doing very well but still trying to figure things out. Let me tell you about our sweet girl. She does her job searching even though just a couple of years ago we found out she has been blind her whole life, she doesn’t need to see in order to sniff out her victims. Being blind and now having three legs I am certain that she will continue to do her job well once she has had time to recover.
Brent and I want to thank SDF from the bottom of our heart for your love and dedication to all your dogs and especially our Moxie!!! Thank you!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is full of compassionate dedicated professionals who work with rescued dogs to help them become the rescuers. I have supported this organization for many years and have been fortunate enough to also volunteer with them.

Lisa2345678

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work, turning rescue dogs into rescuers. Who knows how many dogs, and people, they've saved?

Rachel L.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Myself and my live-find search and rescue canine are currently here in California, all the way from Mobile, Alabama, to attend a continuing education seminar being held at the training facility! The set-up here is AMAZING; the rubble piles, the housing facades and equipment used for training (and the staff) are all top notch. The training we received here has been invaluable to helping myself and my dog become a better team!!

2 Rudy V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm am blown away by the top notch training and facilities afforded to those incredible dogs rescued from an unfortunate situation and then turned into Rescuers. As a member of California Task Force 4 I recently went through the Search Dog Foundation Handler's course and was lucky to have been chosen by K9 Topa as her partner. The level of support and care that the Search Dog Foundation will provide for us through our career is beyond incredible! Because of them Topa and I will do great things together for the communities we serve, and ultimately make a difference for somebody in need.

Jan S.4

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is a great nonprofit organization. The work they do trading Search Dogs and their human partners is second to none! In addition whenever I have called with questions on giving programs I have received thorough and personal information. Thinking of all the disasters worldwide that the Search Teams help, they are very deserving of support and donations.

Christine D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to receive a private tour and learn about this amazing organization. Staffed with absolute professionals.

Patricia U.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have loved seeing all the amazing canine heroes come through the LACoFD Family. My husband had deployed with many and we are always grateful they are there with him. Our son wanted to help and he raised a birthday donation fund to support this great organization and was honored to tour this facility. He now wants to be a handler when he grows up to be a Firefighter. Keep saving lives and keep doing what you all do!

Chelsi

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After becoming a volunteer then an employee I can’t list enough good things to say about this foundation. Their mission to strengthen disaster search is a goal they are accomplishing every day. I was lucky enough to become a lifetime care home to a very special dog that SDF has helped me with anytime I’ve needed them. We can’t thank them enough for what they have done, are doing currently and plans for the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living in Ojai I've always seen SDF when driving by but never knew what or how it was run. Then through a school post I saw they needed volunteers for the summer, so here was my chance! They do more than anyone can ever imagine, with their very amazing and dedicated staff just a handful of people run everything. We all see what the dogs are capable of when they are out searching for the people, but what goes into that to get them ready is absolutely amazing! I have to say I am very lucky to have been able to come in and volunteer with them and with the help of them I know what I want to do in my life. Thanks SDF!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor as well as a volunteer for SDF for about five years now. They rely heavily on volunteers for a wide variety of tasks. This allows them to have a relatively small staff so the money donated actually goes to the cause - training dogs and humans to search for and save victims of disasters. The dogs themselves are rescued from shelters. They guarantee that dogs rescued will never go back to a shelter. They make a promise to find them a different job or a loving family if they don't make it through training. A great group of passionate people running this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a donor and a volunteer for SDF for about four or five years now. They have grown a lot in that time and are in the process of making founder, Wilma Melville's dream of a state-of-the-art training facility, a reality. Through all the growth, they have retained that small operation mentality of thanking their donors and making everyone feel a part of the organization. Funds raised actually go where they are needed rather than to marketing. Volunteers are a big part of that philosophy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Search Dog Foundation for 8 years working as a volunteer. The organization and its employees are top-notch. I have personally witnessed the dedicated service of and remarkable partnership between the handlers and dogs. I am glad such a stellar organization exists. Should I or a loved one have the misfortune of being a disaster victim, I have total confidence in the Search Dog Foundation.

Linda418

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been aware of the National DisasterSearch Dog Foundation since it was founded in 1996. They rescue dogs from shelters and train them to be disaster Search Dogs. I volunteer for this Foundation, and I have met the trainers and many of the handlers and the dogs. Teams have been deployed to 9/11, Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, Nepal, Japan, just to name a few. I can’t express enough how important this Foundation is to everyone. The dogs can search places that are hard for humans to get to. If I were in a disaster and wasn’t found right away, I would certainly be happy to have a dog find me! The dogs who are in training are some of the happiest dogs I’ve seen. They are well cared for while in training, and then they are paired with a fireman and they become a team and become FEMA certified. Such a worthwhile organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Wima Melville, the founder of this Foundation, in 1996. I have followed the Search Dogs since then, and am lucky enough to finally be retired and able to be a volunteer for them. I see firsthand the dedication of all those involved in Search Dogs. Every donor is very much appreciated, no matter what amount is being donated. These Search Dogs provide such a valuable service anytime there is a major disaster. I have watched a little of their training, and these dogs are so well trained and ready to face any disaster they are sent to. This is a very worthwhile non-profit organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Search Dog Foundation does amazing work, transforming rescued dogs into rescuers who deploy across the nation. As global warming persists and more destruction occurs, it is fantastic to know there is an organization set out to find people alive in the wake of disasters. An all around strong mission and organization that I'm happy to support and encourage anyone to support as well.

2 MWFC

Donor

Rating: 5

The Moorpark Womens Fortnightly Club discovered a retired schoolteacher named Wilma Melville working out of her house in Ojai, CA (within the Ventura County limits which qualified our club to support an approved charity) She began to publicize Her little rescue of rescued dogs from our County Shelter & that is a gift from Above! Saving lives of dogs with too much energy for most homes. They no longer languish in a 4x6 concrete cell ~ She gave them a job to do. So, after training at what became her multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art disaster facility, we fondly remember the rainy morning in 2005 when she came with her dog Murphy to speak to our club. We became life-long fans, myself in charge of collecting donations for SDF & staying on top the the news that comes from them every day on social media. SDF trained-teams have been deployed to current Hurricane disaster zones, but they are most famous for attending 2 local disasters last year. The Montecito Mudslides & it's predesessor, the#ThomasFire which ignited within a mile of their facility. They were the first to evac, moved right into a hotel in Ventura with open arms, because the fire was bearing down & eventually captured the city & most of SDF's beloved home. The Dogs were safe, the Kennels were spared but the property & training fixtures were gone. So, the mission starts over .. be part of the Search! >..

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Donor

Rating: 5

In 2005, I joined the Moorpark Women's Fortnightly Club in honor of their 100th Anniversary here in Moorpark, California ~ the very first guest speaker I heard was this lovely little woman from Ojai who had begun a 'rescue' of sorts for shelter dogs in Ventura County & turned them into Search & Rescue Dogs at her home & training facility .. since then, I've kept up with Wilma through local news & now social media. It is extraordinary that she has become quite the celebrity having expanded from her original idea leading up to today's current level of Search & Rescue expertise! It's the growth factor that makes this non-profit deserving of this attention, but the growth factor really translates into more lives saved, both human & canine. Next semester, the Club is re-instating this charity as official in it's annual budgetary donations list supporting local charities .. guess who grabbed the open position of Chairman? Sincerely, Kathleen Walle ~ Moorpark, California 93021 kjwalle5@roadrunner.com

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to provide assistance to those in disaster situations. I am very familiar with them and could not be more proud to call them the best.
The staff/the handlers and we cannot forget the heroe dogs work so hard to train and provide unbelievable rescue services to those in need. They are 5 Star ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kelly Stark L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful, top of the line facility. The dogs are happy, well trained and well loved. I love that they use rescued dogs to become search and rescue team members.

karentfay

Donor

Rating: 5

The Search Dog Foundation has been our families' key charity for over 20 years. Their purpose is such a beautiful, and useful, concept. Simply put, all working breed & many mix-breed dogs want jobs. They live to make use of their gifts and to be loyal companions. The SDF makes sure that many, many shelter dogs get a second lease on life, wonderful care and purpose, and never go back to shelter environments. Dogs who don't make it through the full training program are placed in long-term care homes via qualified adoption (like our girl Jillaroo - now 12 years old!)
SDF staff and Board of Directors are dedicated and wonderful people.
The Fire Departments and other First Responders they provide dog partners to, and the only NotForProfit US Training Center facility, are ever grateful. While the Fire Fighters & Depts dedicate many hours to make these partnerships happen, no city or county funds are utilized. SDF covers the costs.
SDF's financial accountability is phenomenal (something we all should be checking when we donate to organizations).
Very simply, we are proud to be associated and support these brave canines and the Search Dog Foundation organization. Love you SDFers!

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Donor

Rating: 5

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has been our charity for 20 years. There is no higher calling than supporting rescued dogs, first responders, and no better staff, than SDF. We love you!

MaryAnne Falcone M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing, life saving work by an amazing group of people and rescue canines. So proud to have this organization in our county.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSDF is an amazing facility! The people behind the scenes all love what they do, and are passionate about the the mission. It’s beyond infectious, and what has kept me going back and volunteering the last 3.5 years...and I live 2hrs away. It’s my happy place!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's an honor to be a supporter of the National Search Dog Foundation. They rescue dogs from shelters, giving them a second chance in life. Then with the specialized training these dogs receive, they become an integral part of saving lives worldwide, in all types of disasters.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've know about the Search Dog Foundation since it's inception in 1996 and have followed it since then. I have now been volunteering for a few years so I see first-hand what they do. The dogs they rescue are then turned into rescuers! They are trained by the highly professional staff at SDF and then matched with a first responder (fireman/fire woman). The dog lives with its handler 24/7 and are always ready to be deployed to any disaster. These dogs just love to work. It's nice to know that if a disaster happens, these highly trained dogs and their handlers will be there for you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love SDF! Working with all of their Volunteers is so rewarding!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was raising a potential Guide Dog for the Blind who was completely bored with Guide Dog training. Then the organization I was volunteering with dissolved unexpectedly and I was able to keep the dog. I knew that from the time he started getting bored with training that this was a dog who needed a job in order to be happy: preferably a very active and challenging job.

A person I met who did wilderness search and rescue suggested that I look into NDSDF. I did, and was amazed by the work that they did.

A short time later, Pluis Davern tested him and he started search Dog training. He became one of the wonderful Search Dog Foundation dogs: Icon.

Though his life was brief, he was so happy!

While I don't have much money to give, the Search Dog Foundation is my charity of choice. When I am able, I give what I can.

The work that they do is beyond amazing and what a contribution they make to our first responders and to the citizens of our nation. I cannot think of a cause or group that is more deserving of everyone's support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became a donor after I saw a demonstration of a search dog in action at a court reporting convention in DC. What an amazing charity that saves lives on both ends of the spectrum!! I follow all of their stories on social media and proudly donate to this very worthy cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The National Search Dog Foundation's motto "from rescued to rescuer" tells it all. I am so grateful dogs that would most likely be euthanized or live in shelters for their entire lives are given meaningful jobs as search and rescue dogs. That's a win-win! In addition, any dogs that are rescued but don't make the cut are given forever homes with loving families. I am so impressed with this mission I've added a bequest to the foundation in my estate plan.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting this organization since September 2001.
Not only do they do great work helping people in all kinds of countries with disasters, but most of my donation goes to the work. Not into salaries. The most impressive thing, no matter how much l donate, everyone gets a personal phone call of thanks from a volunteer. My only regret, is l wish l lived closer so l could be a volunteer. I thank God for Wilma, the great lady behind NDSDF and for all the dogs and handlers helping those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband & I have been donors to Nat'l Disaster Search Dog Foundation for many years. We love their mission; they provide a win-win in so many ways! First, they rescue dogs from shelters that may not be suitable for most people - high strung, active pups. Nothing wrong with these "wonder dogs" but just tough to place. The Search Dog Foundation takes these dogs and trains them to look for live people in disaster/critical situations. It's a rigorous program. Not all the pups graduate, but that's OK. They are placed in other training programs...the dogs are never returned to the shelter:)

After graduation, the dogs get placed with fire personnel - a team is then born! They are partners in all situations. Wherever there is a need worldwide, these teams are ready and able to help!

We have developed great friendships with the staff and with many of the teams. We currently are guardians of 4 teams and are so proud of all of them!

In conclusion, we LOVE this organization and its mission! IT's the BEST

Mary & Jeff Kroll
Fort Washington, PA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about this group a few years ago when they became a client. I was so inspired by their mission and the fact that they turn rescues into life savers! The service these animals and their handlers provide throughout the world is priceless. I've followed the stories of their service and rescues. I can't wait to see their new facility and hope that they will continue to grow and train and save more rescues.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned of the Foundation at a court reporting convention in Las Vegas and have since genuinely enjoyed seeing their stellar work. I have 100% confidence that my donations go to a great organization.

snyderpata

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to support this wonderful charity...it is MY FAVORITE! I have followed them for 5-6 years, and have sponsored a dog the last 2 years, and will sponsor another one this year, also! I love the idea that they obtain their candidate dogs from shelters, donated dogs or from no-kill organizations.....the dogs who prove suitable to become a Search & Rescue dog find their "new career", and are so happy with their new job! The trained dogs are donated to a Fire Department at the successful end of their 9 months training. Here are the 2 dogs I have sponsored in the last 2 years...Clancy and Merlin (shown with their wonderful firefighter handlers)!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of my facorite charities!! Dogs are recruited from Rescues and strays, or abandoned animals. They are then trained for 9 months to the speciality of Search & Rescue.. If they pass the rigorous training program, then are then paired with a Firefighter, and donated to his/ her fire department! This is taking a discarded dog ( who would probably be euthanized), and giving them a full and rewarding life!! This is all funded with private donations....how much better could it be???

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on the outside looking in for about 10 years now, watching it grow, get better and amaze me. This organization knows what it is doing and wants to do, to help the world when a National Disaster strikes. Not only do they rescue shelter dogs that no one wanted and turn them into life saving rescuers. If they are not right for the program, they find those dogs homes, never to be returned to a shelter.
The more teams trained, the more lives saved.

2 Kevin149

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Search Dog Foundation is one of the greatest organizations out there. They do such a necessary task in teaching these dogs the skills to help find people in an emergency. I love that the facility is so well equipped to help these dogs prepare for any type of situation. Thank you Irma you do an amazing thing and I hope you keep it up for a long time

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Search Dog Foundation is probably one of the best organization in the Country. First, all of their dogs are rescued from shelter, not bought from breeders. They then are trained and paired with a handler at great cost. Together a team will then be on-call to go anywhere in the world to help search for victims of all types of disasters.

1 Teresa91

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is s wonderful organization that needs our support.What would we do without then during times of crIsis. Thank you for all you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

National Disaster Search Dog foundation has inspired and expanded the future and the stigma of "pound" and rescue dogs, who will in return dedicate their lives to rescuing ours. Not only a win/win situation... but a save/save.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In April 1995 retired schoolteacher and gym coach Wilma Melville and her black Labrador Retriever search dog, Murphy, rushed to the site of the terrorist bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. At that time they were one of only 15 Advanced Certified disaster search dog-handler teams in the United States, and that glaring need made Melville determined to find a way to train highly skilled canine teams. So in 1996 she founded the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
All of the search dogs are rescues, canines eager for a job and filled with untapped energy. The NDSDF works with dozens of shelters and breed rescue groups to place and train hundreds of dogs. The organization has deployed teams to respond to a wide range of disasters, from tornados and mudslides to building explosions and train derailments.
Working tirelessly for years the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has raised millions of dollars, with no government funding, to build the nation's first permanent national training center for search dogs on 125 acres in the Southern California foothills.
This is an incredible organization of selfless, lifesaving individuals performing a mission to save lives across the country and around the world.
For many years I was Senior Editor of DOG FANCY magazine, and during that time I spent time with many wonderful guide dog and rescue organizations, but no organization finer than the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.

1 Pam_121

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for SDF, as well as a donor, I can attest to the fact that your donations actually go to the cause! They have a very small paid staff and the rest is volunteer based. Every donation, large and small, is acknowledged with a letter with a handwritten note. I write many of these notes so this is first hand knowledge. They get no governmental support; strictly donor supported. They rescue the dogs, train them, train the handlers and pair them together at no cost to the fire departments. All dogs rescued will go to a family if they don't complete training. They are never returned to a shelter once they are rescued.

Heather31

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization who's dedication to SAR dogs is monumental! What they do for the community in helping people is beyond incredible. I am inspired every day and only hope that as I train my SAR K9 I can meet some of these amazing people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a azide at how they train their team members! I'm from Canada but I follow on FB...inspiring people and canines all on these teams !

Becky101

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! Having spent decades rescuing dogs then finding home and/or jobs for them, I know that there are so many dogs in shelters that could become working dogs yet few look to shelters. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has found a way to not only save dogs from shelters and pounds but then to match them with the perfect handler, train then, and then use them to help people far and wide.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Inc. is a fabulous organization that I have known about and followed since the tragedy of September 11th. No other agency that I'm aware of, saves hundreds of dogs destined to be euthanized at shelters, and rescues, trains them, and then pairs them with human rescue organizations that assist during tragic and horrific times. I feel more confident and secure knowing that that the NDSDF exists and will be ready to assist whenever needed. They deserve the utmost credit and appreciation. Thank you.

Paige L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband was blessed with being paired with Jake last year and I am so proud to be a small part of this amazing program. Their dedication and professionalism to the search is amazing!

Denise142

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has performed so many difficult disaster recovery operations in horrendous environments it is amazing! What extraordinary help and loving support these dedicated volunteers and animals bring to first responders. I donate to this organization and feel priveledged to have met some of the dogs and their handlers in Ojai.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a win-win situation! So many dogs, that nobody wanted, have been saved, and in turn,
are being trained to save others (including people!) in the event of a disaster.
This group, and the tremendous work that they do, makes me think of Bretagne, the
rescue dog from Texas Task Force 1....the dedication, hard work, and sacrifices, made by all dogs and their owners/handlers.
God Bless the NDSDF!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great plans built around a unique vision and implemented successfully by a group of very hard working individuals is the essence of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in my humble opinion and why I have been a donor to this fine organization for many years now. Here is what my donation achieves......it helps shelter dogs (a very high percentage of dogs that are accepted into NDSDF are found in shelters by the NDSDF team) destined to a life of confinement or worse out of the shelter and on to a rewarding, exciting, enjoyable forever life; it supports our dedicated rescue men and women from police and fire departments by providing them with these outstanding, well trained dogs; and it helps to save lives after disasters occur throughout the world. If you want your donation to 1) save shelter dogs and provide them with love, training and a rewarding life, 2) support our police and fire rescue teams of dedicated men and women and 3) SAVE LIVES......then I urge you to donate to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Andrea James Sutcliffe

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Finicky F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Melanie33

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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