K9 Search and Rescue Recipe — Dedication, Training and Love

When it comes to finding missing persons, K9 teams have a nose for Search and Rescue (SAR). Dogs like German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Vizlas make great Type-I SAR K9’s. They can navigate some of the roughest terrain and conditions because of their strength and endurance.

The May 2016 search for missing hiker Cody Michael and his dog Bauer brought out multiple K9 search teams. Cal OES recognizes four K9 SAR organizations and coordinates them when necessary for a variety of missions; Wilderness Finders Search Dog Teams (WOOF) is one of those groups. We met up with them on one of their training sessions in the California Sierras near Donner and Truckee to see what it takes to get these dogs ready for their often-risky searches.

And in case you missed it, click on the headline below to see the return of Cody Michael, his reunion with his family and his thanks to rescuers:

Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Effort Pays Off – Missing Hiker and Dog Found Alive

Sara Kruglinski & Ace, Dr. Ho, Kelly Cavins & Bodi, Becky Jorgensen, Mary Cablk & Inca, Michael Esposito, and Shane Johnson & Shiloh

Search and Rescue Team Affiliates

In order to better serve California, Cal OES is proud to be affiliated with the following search and rescue groups:

California Explorer Search and Rescue (Cal-ESAR)

California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA)

Monterey Bay Search Dogs (MBSD)

Wilderness Finders Search Dog Teams (“WOOF”)

Far West Division of the National Ski Patrol (NSP)

California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP)

Other Search and Rescue Links:

California Region of the Mountain Rescue Association (CRMRA) National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)

SAREX 2016

Every year, a Northern California Sheriff’s Department hosts the Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) which provides training to 300+ SAR Professionals across the state. SAREX 2016 will be hosted by Fresno County Sheriff’s Office on September 9-11, 2016 at Hume Lake. Please visit the website for more details to come.

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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