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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula, CA. 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. SDF is 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.

SDF has trained a total of 192 teams that have deployed to 163 disasters and missing person searches. There are currently 69 SDF-trained Search Teams located in California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Baja California. Thanks to Mutual Aid Agreements between states, these teams can be deployed nationwide wherever disasters occur.

SDF's ability to deliver highly trained teams at no cost to fire departments is critical, as emergency response budgets are cut and resources are strained to the limit. Through our unique public/private partnership, SDF is able to provide a precious, lifesaving resource to fire departments that they could not otherwise afford.

Thank you for being part of the Search!