We do not do animal rescues. We suggest you contact you local Humane Society or animal rescue organization.
RSAR Search Dogs
General Information About our K9 Team
All humans, alive or dead constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. Millions of these are airborne and are carried by the wind for considerable distances.
Air-scenting search dogs are trained to scan the air currents for human scent, any human scent. The dog locates the source of the scent and indicates the "find" to the handler. Air-scent search dogs do not use scent articles and can be deployed immediately in hasty searches, running paths, and trails, or days or in conditions that a track/trail dog can not pick up the scent.
Track/trailing search dog is trained to pursue specific individuals by following the scent left from the particles that have drifted from the body to the ground and surrounding vegetation. Track/Trailing dogs are particularly effective when they have an item of the missing person to be used for scent identification. It can be an uncontaminated article of clothing, or an object such as a car seat. The dogs can pursue the trail and indicate the direction of travel.
We at Rampart Search and Rescue use track/trailing & air scent search dogs, we also have a cadaver search dog in training.
Cadaver search dogs can locate human remains in water or buried under ground or rubble. A cadaver dog can locate human remains that are a few hours old to several years old. More on our Cadaver dogs (click here)
track/trailing search our K-9 team is assigned a segment of the
search area, which they must cover very systematically. Handlers
work their dogs into the wind and traverse the sector in a manner to
afford the dog the best scenting coverage. Handlers are skilled in
terrain orientation and will map the area they have covered. Several
dog teams may work simultaneously to provide fast, thorough, initial
coverage of the highest probability areas. By systematic
assignments, the entire search area can be covered.
The dog is not the only member of a team with
specialized training. Handlers are skilled at interpreting how their
dogs behavior might be affected by wind conditions, ground currents,
temperatures and weather. They are proficient in terrain evaluation,
map/compass navigation, search theory, lost person behavior, GPS
equipment handling, CPR, first aid, radio communication, National
Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) SAR Tech level II and
wilderness survival. Of course, the handler must enjoy working with
dogs and being outdoors in all kinds of weather. In addition they
must be physically fit and able to respond to emergencies.
Rampart Search and Rescue, Inc., is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization. There is no charge for our services. We
depend entirely on donations for financial support. Members supply
most of their personal equipment. Your donation will be used to
purchase communication & safety equipment as well as continuing
educational training and materials. Donations are tax deductible and
can be made payable to:
Yes we are always looking for new scents for our dogs to look for. Please feel free to contact us at our main phone number listed on the contact page.