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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

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(888) 4K9-HERO
(805) 646-1015
Executive Director: Rhett Mauck


Our mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by rescuing and recruiting dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters.

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

Disasters Happen. It’s Not a Matter of If, But When…

In a time of crisis, nothing matters more than who your partners are. During Santa Barbara‘s 1/9 debris flow which followed the 2017 Thomas Fire, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, with 18 of their search teams deployed, played a crucial role in our search and rescue operation. I cannot say enough about the vital importance of the work that is being done by this organization.
Kevin Taylor
Fire Chief
Montecito Fire Protection District

Saving Lives, Both Human and Canine

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has rescued and trained 279 dogs that have, in turn, rescued humans in disasters. Over 26 years, these expert teams have worked in the largest disasters: from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquakes in Haiti to missing persons and small structure collapses throughout the country. 

The foundation has pioneered a model for screening, training, and providing a lifetime of care for each dog it rescues, along with ongoing expert support for handlers. 

But the U.S. only has half the amount of search teams truly needed. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has a goal of training 20 teams in the next year, while ensuring every dog that enters its program will be successful, whether as a disaster search dog or in another career, by fostering the bonds that will create the next generation of working dogs.

With a gift to the foundation, you can save lives both human and canine.  

Be Part of the Search today.

Key Supporters

George Leis – Board Chair, President and COO, Montecito Bank & Trust
Dennis Kuykendall – Board Vice Chair, Project Executive, Balfour Beatty Construction
Mike J. Diani – Secretary, President, Diani Building Corp.
Richard Butt, Retired EVP, Executive Creative Director, VMLY&R
Robert Harris, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department
George R. Haynes, Ph.D., CEO, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Crystal Wyatt, Leadership in Board Governance and Creative & Sustainable Philanthropy