U.S. Search Dogs Return Safely From Japan

Posted: Mar 22 2011

Hunter returns home (photo by Karyn Newbill)

The San Francisco Gate recently posted an excellent article on the The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation's rescue dogs, and their Rescue Efforts In Japan. This group of highly trained search dogs were flown from California to the main disaster site to search for missing and trapped citizens. 

According to the SFGate article, the dogs are a great help in times of disaster and emergency: "The dogs are trained to give a bark alert if they find someone, conscious or not, in need of rescue. Even if no one is found, the process enables human searchers to determine that the area is clear, so they can continue the search elsewhere. Without the dogs, it's often difficult to know for sure if they're leaving a survivor behind."

Thankfully, their search was far from any nuclear facility and all of the NDSDF dogs have returned home safe and sound to their base in Ojai, California. These highly trained, amazing animals deserve our respect, our support, and of course, our love.

Here are some interesting facts about the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation:

Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. 

Their 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. 

They offer the professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments.

The NDSDF offers lifetime care for every dog in our program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again.

There are currently 74 SDF-trained Search Teams located in California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people and animals in Japan. To learn more about the NDSDF and the rescue operations in Japan, please visit the following web sites:

In a battered Japan, dogs search for human survivors (SF Gate Article)

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support


  • Posted by GW on April 19, 2011

    Wonderful dogs and a great job.. Glad to hear you are all safe.

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