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.