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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1

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