Skagit County K9 Search & Rescue

Providing highly trained and qualified volunteer K9 search teams to Skagit County

The Skagit County K9 SAR unit is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping our community. When someone becomes lost or is missing in our county, SCK9SAR dogs, their human handlers, and our certified technical support members are standing by ready to help.  Once called upon, each certified dog team is deployed with a specific assignment designed to locate the missing or lost person.  This website provides information about what our dogs do, how you can help us help our community, and how you can become a valued member of our team!

Skagit County K9 SAR Logo

Search Dogs

A search and rescue dog team can search an area 30 times faster than a human. This is a critical advantage when speed can mean the difference in finding the lost person alive or deceased.

The use of K9 search teams saves public agencies money through the use of volunteer resources. Most K9 SAR members incur all their own expenses including equipment and dog costs. Across the state, volunteer search team members take time off from work to participate in searches, drive thousands of miles per year and spend significant hours each year training and searching. Search teams in Washington typically participate in over 800 searches annually.

In Washington State, Search Dog teams are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as other public service agency requests. Volunteer K9 SAR units around Washington State provide search dog resources to all public agencies at no charge.

Browse through our website to learn more about search dogs, meet our team, and find out ways you can help and/or participate.

Our Team

The Skagit County K9 Search and Rescue unit [SCK9SAR] is a group of volunteers dedicated to serving our community with specially trained dogs to assist in the search for missing persons. We are a young team in that this unit was developed in 2017 by experienced SAR volunteers to bring K9s back to Skagit County. We operate under the Skagit County Sheriff’s Department and in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Emergency Management. SCK9SAR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. SCK9SAR teams train multiple times a week and strive to produce the most reliable dog handlers and dogs available for search and rescue missions.

Visit the Meet Our Team page for more information about our volunteers and fantastic K9 partners.

Skagit County K9 SAR at the Washington State Search and Rescue Conference