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

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a donor, volunteer and now a board member, my relationship with the Search Dog Foundation started shortly after the tragic 9/11 events. I worked with the founder Wilma Melville and current Executive Director, Debra Tosch in creating a database of the multitude of people who discovered the existence of the SDF during those events. Over the years, my involvement has continued to grow both as a donor and now as a board member. The SDF is an exemplary organization due largely to a phenomenally dedicated staff that never loses site of the goal of rescuing dogs and training them to rescue people. They are more mission focused than any organization I have supported. I will continue to support their efforts as we move forward in quest of making sure that when disaster strikes no one will be left behind.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a donor and member of the Board of Directors, I fully support the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation mission of producing the most highly trained canine disaster search teams in the nation. The process of identifying canine candidates, pairing them with the right handler, training the team for certification, and providing lifetime care is a challenging and complex endeavor. Following the vision of its founder, Wilma Melville, and under the guidance of its Excutive Director, Debra Tosch, the tremendous NDSDF staff operates with efficiency and effectiveness in carrying out this mission.

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