Pairing Returning Soldiers with SAR Dogs

There is a great need for certified dog handlers in search and rescue. This is why Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS) is teaming up with the Returning Soldier Initiative. Together, we’re pairing returning soldiers with SAR dogs. It’s a match that benefits everyone.

Our soldiers are returning to civilian life with the skills SARDUS needs to meet our mission! There are many returning military members who would like to continue to serve their communities by volunteering as search dog handlers. To make this happen, search dog handlers across the country have volunteered to help mentor our service members.

Training and Deployment

SARDUS provides the necessary training to get both canines and our returning soldiers into the field looking for lost and missing people. We also work with the local search authorities to make these life-saving resources available. If you are with a search and rescue group and would like to help mentor a returning soldier, reach out to us. Learn More.

Search Dogs

The Returning Soldier Initiative provides specially chosen puppies and adult dogs to our returning soldiers at no charge to them. Our group works with the teams to develop the members, so they meet all national standards for search and are ready for certification.

Support Services

Through the initiative, the returning soldiers receive mental health support. We’re here to help with the transition from active duty to civilian life. If you’re a veteran who would like to know more about PTSD, you use this link to speak with a licensed therapist.