Building a Home for America’s Search Teams
There is no facility in the United States solely dedicated to the training of Canine Disaster Search Teams…and SDF is taking on the challenge of bringing this resource to the Nation. We are building a National Training Center—the first of its kind in America—where rescued dogs will become rescuers, and where all of America’s Search Teams will receive the preparation they need for the most difficult deployments.
The state-of-the-art facility is being built on 125 acres of donated historic ranch land in the beautiful foothills of Santa Paula, CA—90 minutes north of Los Angeles. The site is ideal for the kennels, beginning and advanced training areas, handlers’ accommodations, classrooms and offices that have been designed for the space. The Center is being built with no government funding and at no cost to taxpayers.
This is a must-do project that calls upon the can-do spirit of America— mobilizing the resources, talents and energy of a committed team to bring a life-saving gift to the Nation. Together we will show the Nation what a dedicated group of people can do to strengthen emergency response and provide a model for disaster preparedness in the U.S.