Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) in the United States is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California.
Their mission is to strengthen disaster response by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters.They offer professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments. And they ensure lifetime care for every dog in the program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again.
There are currently 70 SDF-trained Search Teams located in California, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah. Thanks to Mutual Aid Agreements between counties, cities and states, these precious, life-saving resources can be shared regionally and nationally.