Join the Search

Give… so that others may live!

As was evident after the tragedy of 9/11, it is critical that we maintain the resource of highly-trained disaster search dog teams in our community and our nation. Whether dog handler or support personnel, all the members of NDSD feel a strong commitment to our mission and freely volunteer our time as we consistently strive to increase our level of expertise. On average, our dog handlers train over 400 unpaid hours per year, in addition to our regular day jobs!

How can you help? You can:

Join the search!

Volunteer... so that others may live!

Come and hide with us

056ajWhile all of us at NDSD take turns hiding for our dogs during training sessions, we really like to have other volunteers help out whenever possible. It is important that our dogs have as many opportunities as possible to search for new and unique human scents, 119ajso if you live in the greater Puget Sound area and are willing to donate a morning or afternoon to act as a search subject, please contact us at The dogs would love to meet you!

Provide a training site

One advtest3of the more difficult aspects of training the disaster search dog, especially for those dogs that are at a more advanced level, is finding suitable locations for training sessions. We train in recycling plants (wood, building materials, slash piles, concrete, etc), quarries, gravel pits, vacant buildings, industrial equipment locations, and demolition sites, and are always on the lookout for a new opportunity.
We will provide all necessary liability insurance information and a hold-harmless agreement. The majority of our rubble training takes place on Saturdays, but we also train on selected Thursday evenings. If you have access to or ownership of a site that you can offer us, contact us at Also, visit our Sponsors page to see who has graciously donated training site access to us in the past.


caesardemoDo you have a high interest in handling a disaster search dog? Or would you like to support our mission by becoming a regular “helper” at our training sessions? Please visit our Join NDSD page for more information on becoming a member of our team.




Give… so that others may live

As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, NDSD is funded by member dues and by donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. It takes approximately $10,000 to $15,000 to get a search dog ready to deploy to a disaster scene, and our handlers pay the majority of this expense out of their own pockets. However, donations from our generous contributors allow us to purchase unit safety, training and communications equipment, as well as attend national training seminars, so that we are as prepared as possible when the next call for help comes.

And of course, all of NDSD’s response services are provided to requesting agencies at no cost, as a public service to our community.

To Make a Donation

If you would like to donate to NDSD, you have several choices:

Donations of any size are accepted gratefully, and all donations are tax-deductible.