About the Search Dog Foundation

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Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California.

Its mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. It offers the professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments. And the SDF ensures lifetime care for every dog in the program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again.

There are currently 74 SDF-trained Search Teams located in California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Thanks to Mutual Aid Agreements between counties, cities and states, these precious, life-saving resources can be shared regionally and nationally.

Visit the Search Dog Foundation website.

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