Come to one of the 2019 King County Search Dogs membership information sessions to learn more about the application process, training process and volunteer commitment. Each session will feature a presentation and a chance to talk with current members. Times and dates are: April 25th – 7:30PM, May 5th – 3:30PM, and May 14th – 7:30PM. All sessions are at the north Mercer Island Fire Station; 3030 78th Ave. SE 98040. It is helpful, though not required, if you let us know you are coming at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to K9 Cleo and handler Chad for passing their Airscent pretest. They are now qualified for searching in King County. For those of you following our meet the crew posts, Cleo is in a league of her own: She is a Catahoula Leopard dog – Border Collie cross.
K9 Gilly – certified in trailing and training in HRD, K9 Shiloh – training in airscent, K9 Jack – certified in airscent and HRD, K9 Raven – certified in HRD, K9 Myka – training in HRD. 🐾
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to K9 Carlo after nearly ten years with KCSD. Carlo was certified in trailing and human remains detection and was unit co-founder Andy Rebmann’s 11th working dog and 7th German Shepherd partner. Carlo had a larger than life personality and was unwavering in his adoration for the human on the other end of the leash. Carlo assisted on dozens of evidence and missing persons searches, and kept Andy on his toes both at home and in the field. And while we continue to feel the loss of Carlo, the legacy this partnership leaves behind […]
Our team of K9 heroes includes many different colors of Labrador Retrievers. All of our current labs are members of the airscent team and some of them are certified in human remains detection as well. For more information on the dogs, their handlers and the rest of our K9s go to our Team Member page.
Responding to a 2:30 AM call out in the aftermath of the worst Seattle snowstorm in 50 years, KCSD K9 Gilly and her handler Kris were able to find an at-risk individual missing since Tuesday afternoon before the sun came up. It was Gilly’s second find in the last 6 months! A great job by the whole King County Explorer Search and Rescue, King County Search and Rescue and King County Sheriff’s Office team!!
Big news! 🎉 Congratulations to K9 Zula and our President-elect Jen for passing their trailing certification test today! They are now fully eligible for deployment on search missions: A big achievement for a great team!
K9 Oso and Heather take to the sky! Thanks to the King County Sheriff Office Air Support Unit, KCSD recently had it’s 2018 helicopter training at Banderra airfield east of North Bend WA. All the dogs had a chance to practice loading into the helicopter with and without the engines running. The handlers and dogs then put on their harnesses and were hoisted up into Guardian 2 as it hovered 120 feet in the air. While it is a fun ride, it is serious business and on those occasions when helicopter transport is required KCSD dogs and handlers are ready […]
Congratulations to K9 Gilly and handler Kris for locating a missing individual (alive and well!) this afternoon in Issaquah. It was Kris and Gilly’s first find as members of King County Search Dogs. Well done! 🐾♥️
Today is the Seattle Foundation’s “Give Big” day of supporting the great work done by our area’s non-profit organizations. Please consider King County Search Dogs when you make your donation. https://www.givebigseattle.org/kcsearchdogs We depend on the community we serve!
Something to really brag about: Joan Hitchner, one of the longest serving Members of King County Search Dogs, was selected as the Volunteer of the year by the King County Sheriff. Over 300 missions thus far in her 16 year career. We are very proud! Ed Christian, the distinguished gentleman on the right of the photo, is the King County Search and Rescue Coordinator and was recognized as King County Deputy of the year at the same ceremony. Wonderful tribute for King County SAR!
King County Search Dogs is holding information sessions for new applicants on Wednesday March 14th and Wednesday March 28th from 7-8PM at the Mercer island Fire Station; 3030 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island. Come meet some of the Members of KCSD and learn more about the application process and training to be a search dogs handler or support specialist.