SEADOGS mission is to train, certify, and deploy qualified search dog teams to assist law enforcement agencies in the search for and the recovery of lost and missing persons, and educate and promote K-9 Search and Rescue in the community.
SEADOGS K-9 Search and Rescue Team, is a group of volunteers providing CERTIFIED, EXPERIENCED, and PROVEN search dogs and handlers for Wilderness, Avalanche, Land and Water, Cadaver, Tracking/Trailing, Evidence, Disaster, and First Responder search missions. Members of NASAR (National Association for Search and Rescue) and ASARA (Alaska Search and Rescue Association). SEADOGS is capable of local SAR training; search management, Incident Command and NASAR licensed instruction and evaluation.
SEADOGS is a volunteer nonprofit [IRS 501(c)(3)] search and rescue organization dedicated to training and handling search dogs in southeast Alaska. The team works closely with other search and rescue groups, and is responsible to the Alaska State Troopers. Certified (Callout list) handlers are on 24-hour call, and available within 40 minutes or less, of notification for a search. SEADOGS has been in operation for 31 years and is recognized nationally as a search and rescue organization. The group’s standards for dog and handlers were adapted from California WOOF and ‘DOGS’ (Anchorage). Every year SEADOGS participates in searches involving everything from lost hunters to suicide victims. While wilderness searching is the “bread and butter”, dogs may also be trained in avalanche, water, disaster searching and other specialties. Teams have participated in rescue efforts from Ketchikan to Barrow, and during the Armenian and Loma Prieta (San Francisco) earthquakes.