National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF)

Categories Fundraising, Safety


The SDF was founded in 1996 and rescues dogs from city shelters, the streets, owner give ups, or from other dog rescue groups, and trains them to be search and rescue dogs. The dogs are partnered with firefighters and other first responders and have helped rescue people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters like Hurricane Sandy, 9-11, Hurricane Katrina and the Oklahoma City bombing.

It costs $100,000 to recuit, care for and train each new dog, partner it with a firefighter-handler, provide ongoing training to the team and lifetime care for the dog. The SDF needs funds to keep up its great work.


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