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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1

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!!

2

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.

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

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been evolved with the SDF early on. Our donated dollars are very well spent. Much thought has gone into the organation. How much better can it get from rescuing dogs and giving them a job to rescue people caught in a disaster?
Our heart felt appreciation goes out to all the team at SDF..dogs included!
God bless, the Courson family

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered SDF through another website and was so impressed with their mission I immediately knew I had to donate towards their "cause". The idea of helping in searches while saving dogs at the same time stole my heart as I am huge into rescuing. As I have mentioned to them, I also donate to the ASPCA and HSUS and nothing annoys me more to then receive things I don't want, i.e. address labels, calendars, shoelaces, mittens, etc. It makes me wonder how much of what I gave goes to the organization. When I received a phone call from Debra after my first donation thanking me, I was more than surprised. I knew then that this was an organization I would continue to donate to. And, then receiving just a thank you note and a bookmark was perfectly fine with me although I do also enjoy the update emails. I will continue with my donations thanks to their good deeds!

Review from Guidestar