The Countdown Has Begun: Our National Training Center Grand Opening is set for September 24, 2016
The Search Dog Foundation is building a 125-acre National Training Center (NTC)
for Canine Disaster Search Teams in a beautiful, rustic canyon in Santa Paula, CA – 90 minutes north of Los Angeles. It will be the first facility of its kind in the nation – a place where rescued dogs learn to be rescuers, and Search Teams can practice on disaster simulations under the expert guidance of SDF Trainers.
In August of 2015, SDF entered the “Pathway to Completion” - our final push to fund and
build the Center. Construction is 55% complete and we’re projecting that the Center will be fully operational by September 2016, with more disaster simulation props added in 2017.
It won’t be long before we can all walk through the front gates and proclaim together:
“The National Training Center is now officially open for America’s Search Teams!”
Our Mission: Strengthening Disaster Response in America
Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. Our 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.
We offer the professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments. And we ensure lifetime care for every dog in our program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again. There are currently 72 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 to make sure that when disaster strikes, NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND.
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