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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Inc.

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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.

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Rating: 5

Last year I adopted a dog from the Search Dog Foundation's Lifetime Care program. I have been SO pleased with the newest member of my family! Steve the dog is a true star and even after failing to complete the search dog program, he is a real hero to me! Having worked with the incredibly skilled trainers at NSDF to gain his skill at basic obedience, he has been a joy to work with as we move forward in training for both of us. I feel like the staff at NSDF took the time to find me the perfect match as I have waited a long time to take this step again after losing my dog Buddy Blue 7 years ago. I HIGHLY recommend the Lifetime Care program to anyone who is looking to adopt a well balanced, sweet, loving friend. Thanks so much for the love of my life, Steve the dog!!

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