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SAR Dogs in the News

Headwaters (ARDA-WI) K9s search for missing Dr.
19 JUL 2015 - Green Bay Press Gazette

APRIL-MAY 2015: Multiple ARDA K9s with VATF1 deployed to Nepal.

08JAN2015: Updated ARDA Standards and evaluation forms are now online

SARDOM (ARDA-MD) K9 made a find after responding to a request from police.
06 JAN 2015 - WMAR TV, ABC 2

VSRDA (ARDA-VA) was honored to offer numerous resources over multplie days in the search for Hannah Graham.
25 OCT 2014

VSRDA (ARDA-VA) 2 K9s with VSRDA and VATF-1 are deploying to Washingston state.
03 APRIL 2014

SARDOM (ARDA-MD) responded to a request for this search sending two K9 units with 2 flankers.
21 MARCH 2014 - MBAL TV, News 11

SARDI (ARDA-IL) setup a booth at the International Kennel Club in Chicago.
22 FEB 2014

MDRD (ARDA-MD) trained with the US Coast Guard, Rawlinsville FD, Quarryville FD and Conestoga FD with helicopters.
17 FEB 2014

Elderly missing man found alive
31 MAY 2013 - WMTW News 8

Missing man walks up to news crew reporting on missing man
29 MAY 2013 - My Fox Twin Cities

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Welcome to ARDA


The American Rescue Dog Association® (ARDA®) is comprised of highly skilled volunteer search and rescue units across the United States that operate in conjunction with local law enforcement or other applicable emergency services agencies to assist in the location of missing persons. ARDA units provide specially trained dogs to locate missing persons in wilderness, disaster, human remains and water search and rescue/recovery missions. Each member unit is required to adhere to the Association's rigid standards and undergo a rigorous two-day field evaluation every three years to ensure these standards are being maintained.


Units are available 24-hours a day to respond to requests for services from applicable local, state or federal responsible agencies.


Our search and rescue canine teams deploy in many circumstances, at several levels, at no cost to Federal and Local departments. ARDA resources operate solely as volunteers, and rely on donations for our continued operations.


"These things we do...
that others may live"

This motto has been adopted by Search and Rescue (SAR) teams worldwide to signify the core values of those who, at times, risk their own lives to save the lives of others. The phrase, which may have been adapted from its original Biblical origin, aptly describes the SAR goal of saving those in need of rescue.

The motto "That others may live" has origins from the USAF Pararescue: reported by Time Magazine in 1966. Most recently, the quote was prominent in the movie, The Guardian, portraying U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers.

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