K-9 Search and Rescue Team, Inc. is on call twenty-fourhours a day, 365 days a year, regardless of weather conditions or circumstances.
As well as responding nationally and statewide, the Team assists the Dolores Fire Protection District located at 45/47 Railroad Avenue in Dolores, Colorado, in local searches and emergencies as requested.
We are a non-profit, totally volunteer organization that depends on the support of the community, grants and fundraisers to maintain operations. We do not ask that our services be paid for, although we do ask for fuel reimbursement. When requested to respond, we will do so with all available resources.
Each dog lives with, is owned, and is trained by the individual handler. It takes approximately 600 hours of training before the dogs become "operational". Our field training imitates real life situations such as wilderness, water, disaster, child, elderly, hikers, hunters, etc. We also train the dogs to look for articles that may have been left and anything that has human scent on it.
This type of training is necessary for all searches and especially important when we are requested by law enforcement agencies to assist in homicides and evidence searches. Most of our dogs are trained as "air scenters" to find any human scent in an area. Some of the dogs are trained to be "trailers". These trailing dogs are used to establish a direction of travel when a last known point is available. Dogs can be an effective resource when trained and used appropriately.
States requesting assistance have included Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Idaho and Texas. The Team has been asked to respond to wilderness, water, snow, urban, evidence, homicide, aircraft and disaster type searches. We have also been asked to help locate old cemeteries for archaeologists.
In addition to training and missions, the Team spends many hours of fundraising and public relations. The Team has taught classes and held demonstrations for the Colorado and New Mexico statewide search and rescue conferences, national encampments, avalanche schools, nursing homes, church camps and at public and private schools.
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