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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My company Smart Technology Enablers, Inc., has supported the organization's computers and networks for almost 10 years. Through that time we have watched the organization grow and mature. We enjoy working with them because they have a well-defined decision making process and always consider the business impact of the technology decisions.

Staff members have amazing commitment to the mission of the organization. We have personally witnessed how that commitment is infectious for both volunteers and donors. They are uniformly upbeat with an admirable "can-do" attitude.

The depth of the program side of the organization is impressive as they shepherd their search dogs through the recruitment process, training, certification and finally pairing with a first responder.

They are really one of the hardest working organization we know.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having recently heard National Search Dog founder Wilma Melville's story about creating the Foundation, I want to say I am so impressed by this woman! She spoke of her organization's role in the Oklahoma bombings as well as 911 and the Haiti earthquake. At the time of Oklahoma, there were many fewer organizations like hers and since then she has worked tirelessly to grow the organization into the leader it is today. Maybe what impressed me most was Wilma's dedication, even through the horrors and tragedy that are part and parcel of the job. Obviously the NSDF has no interest in the whys behind such disasters. It's all about people---and dogs!----helping people. Seems to me there are few such non-profits whose contribution to the general public are as vital and clear cut as is NSDF.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with the NDSDF about 2 years ago, when my family was looking to adopt a dog. Through petfinder.com, we discovered Buster, a black lab who had been adopted from a shelter by NDSDF 5 months earlier. Unfortunately, due to issues with his size (BIG!) and knee problems, he was put into their Lifetime Care program, where he is carefully placed in with a family for the remainder of his life. We adopted Buster in August 2012 and the NDSDF have been an incredible part of al our lives since then! They were great at making sure Buster was adjusting to "civilian" life, helping with his double-knee surgery, and offering tremendous support all the way around.. It has been wonderful for us to learn about the mission of this amazing organization, and we love telling Buster - and NDSDF's story!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You've got to see it to believe it. . . You've got to talk with the founder, a woman that at 65, had a dream to be more effective in rescuing people in disaster situations. . . to know how tremendously effective this relatively new program is in it's outreach, now receiving international requests as well, and without tax dollars. Most of the dogs in the program have been rescued from shelters themselves and are trained for 3 years to then become rescuers, heroes, ambassadors of life. . . You've got to see it to believe it. Well organized, highly efficient in outlay and true to purpose, the program trains dogs who are then GIVEN to firefighters and other search and rescue groups, WITHOUT CHARGE. You've got to see it to believe it.

Review from CharityNavigator

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In working with the NDSDF Staff and Board of Directors, it is clearly evident that everyone involved in this organization, including the Search Dog Teams and Volunteers has a devotion to duty beyond any I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I am Blessed and Honored to say that I am Part of the Search.

Review from CharityNavigator

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can not begin to express how the SDF has changed out lives. The people at the foundation are truly amazing. We adopted one of thier "retired" dogs and he changed our lives for ever. He is trully an amazing dog. The work that the SDF put into making sure he got adopted was just amazing. As we have gotten to know more about SDF we fall more in love with the dogs, team, and everything it represents.

Review from CharityNavigator