The mission of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is to strengthen disaster response in America by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find buried people alive in the wreckage of disasters.
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation recruits dogs from across the country that are rescued from abuse or abandonment. After passing stringent screening and testing criteria, the dogs are trained to harness their energy into life-saving skills. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation makes a lifetime care commitment to each dog once rescued. If a dog is accepted by the foundation but does not complete the training program, the dog is placed in a lifetime care home.
On September 23, 2017, I had the opportunity to celebrate the grand opening of the National Training Center for the Search Dog Foundation. The location of the Training Center is nestled on a 125 acres ranch in Santa Paula, California, and was generously provided by a gift from Sean McGrath and his family.
With 125 acres of "Doggie Disneyland," as the Handlers call it, the National Training Center is a desirable and accommodating designation for Canine Disaster Search Teams from around the world. Before the National Training Center, there was no single site that provided dynamic search scenarios that consistently challenge Handlers and Search Dogs alike.
In an effort to raise money for the foundation, I am training for the trail marathon "Red Rock." The trail run occurs on November 25, 2017. I decided to raise money for this foundation because there is something special about rescued dogs and First Responders to come together to form a life-saving resource. These dogs were present at many disasters including New York on 911. Currently, two teams are in Mexico City following the deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake.There are currently 65 trained search teams located in Baja California, California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
The National Search Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization. You can read more about the foundation at https://searchdogfoundation.org and http://diacoslaw.com.