Well not really hiring as we are an all-volunteer non-profit, but King County Search Dogs has started its 2017 membership drive and will be accepting applications for new dog handlers and support specialists for the first time in two years. If you would like to learn more about working with KCSD please come along to one of our public information meetings:
Monday March 20th, 7-8 PM
Luther Memorial Church
13047 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Thursday March 23rd, 7-8 PM
Mercer Island Fire Station
3030 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
We will discuss the challenge, fun and commitment of search dog work as well as the KCSD application, candidacy and training process. Beginning KCSD dogs (and their owners) are high drive, trainable, agile and (the dogs) are typically less than two to three years old. You do not have to already have a dog to apply.
KCSD is deployed by the King County Sheriff and the Dept. of Emergency Management for search and recovery missions. KCSD members must live in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties and pass a background check.
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We look forward to seeing you (but not your dog just yet) on March 20th or 23rd!
K9 Oso and his handler Heather passed the KCSD airscent pre-test on Saturday finding both his ‘subjects’ in less than 90 minutes. The team is now available for missions within King County. Oso is an expert locksmith/escape artist as well as an up-and-coming search dog and is named after Oso, Washington where Heather participated in the search activities after the tragic 2014 landslide.
The Issaquah Times has a great write-up on the King County Search Dogs that describes many facets of the unit’s mission and training activities. It features Issaquah-resident Joan and her dog Artoo and includes a gallery of wonderful photos from one of our Wednesday evening training sessions.
King County Search Dogs and Seattle Mountain Rescue visited the John Muir School in Redmond earlier this year. They read a story about search dogs as part of a reading promotion program and then did a demonstration where some of the dogs searched for teachers hiding in the playground. Everyone had a good time judging by the many thoughtful thank-you notes the children sent as you can see in the sample below. If you are interested in having King County Search Dogs participate in a program at your school please contact us at email@example.com.
A big congratulations are in order for K9 Bailey and handler Robby for passing their airscent certification. Way to go!!!
Robby and Bailey (a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever) have been training with King County Search Dogs since 2013 and have been known to find an occational bear cub in addition to their search subjects. #kcsearchdogs #SARdogs