National Disaster Search Dog FoundationSEARCH DOG FOUNDATION - From Rescued to Rescuer

About SDF

SDF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. Our mission is to strengthen disaster preparedness in America by partnering rescued dogs with firefighters to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. The teams are provided at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies throughout the country.


Who founded SDF?

Why did a retired schoolteacher from New Jersey, a grandmother with four grown sons, complicate her life by founding an organization dedicated to training the nation’s most highly skilled search dogs?

What makes SDF unique?

SDF is the only organization in the United States that partners rescued dogs with firefighters and trains them at no cost to the government or tax-payers.

What do we look for in a Search Dog?

It takes a very special dog to meet the demands of the SDF training program, and to eventually join the ranks of the nation’s top search dogs.

SDF’s Training Program

The Search Dog Foundation is recognized as the nation’s leader in training Canine Disaster Search Teams.

Who can be an SDF Handler?

It takes a very special disaster search team to become an SDF-trained disaster search team and enter the ranks of the most highly trained teams in the nation.

990 Form and Audited Financials

The Search Dog Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization – Tax I.D. #77-0412509. We receive no government funding.

Short Q & A

What is the Search Dog Foundation (SDF)? SDF is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California.