The SDF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula, California, whose mission it 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.
Most recently, deadly mudslides devastated the beachside community of Montecito, CA. Search Dogs and Handlers searched tirelessly despite immense challenges with debris, rock and mud covering much of the approximately 30 square miles. Eighteen Canine Disaster Search Teams trained by SDF are now returning home, exhausted but confident they completed their mission.
The teams did everything they could to help rescue victims trapped in the mud, and sometimes their own homes, as well as give closure and comfort to families and rescuers alike.