I would like to thank everyone that has been involved with Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS) this
past year. Together, we reflect almost 1500 people that have come together for the shared cause of finding
lost and missing people. SARDUS is a team comprised of members of the community we serve, volunteers, dog
handlers, law enforcement agencies, and SAR dog groups.
This past year SARDUS set ambitious goals and we are proud that we are a group that moves forward in a positive direction
to achieve these goals. SARDUS’ success comes from a common set of values. When SARDUS team members
are challenged, we actively make decisions based on what is in the best interest of those that need to be rescued.
That is a common drive and motivation we all share.
During 2009, our team finalized standards and testing procedures for airscent,
human remains detection, and trailing. SARDUS hosted our first evaluator clinic, which brought together
some of the best talent in North America. Our certification clinics are now underway to meet the growing demand of individuals
and groups that strive to add national certification in addition to local requirements.
SARDUS continues to represent the SAR dog community on a local, State and national level. SARDUS
was asked to testify before the Colorado State Legislature to support increased funding for SAR. Our group
continues to support the idea that individuals should not be charged for search and rescue services, and we continue to serve
as a stakeholder in the creation of the Federal NIMS implementation process.
As a member of SARDUS, what I am most proud of are the partnerships that have been formed and lead us into
2010. Our team formed partnerships with law enforcement and search agencies and sought to meet the challenges
of creating a national SAR dog resource list. We have created a partnership that provides SARDUS with the foundation for web-based
education, supported from an accredited State college. SARDUS has formed partnerships with other certification
organizations to give SAR dog handlers the opportunity to receive evaluations from more that one organization and all at one
event. Our team has forged partnerships with local SAR dog groups and handlers to provide additional certification
opportunities in 2010. We would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals that have reached
out to partner with us in support our common goals.
representatives of SARDUS and the search and rescue community, we should never lose sight that our shared mission can be life
changing and our obligations to the public are never higher than when someone is missing. Again, I am truly humbled by this
community and your dedication. So much is given with so little asked for in return.
Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States