Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster 


Our goal is to provide our K9 unit service to Red Cross, Fema and any other non-profit emergency organizations nationwide including Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

When things go bad in the wild and people get stuck, we trained in search and rescue and volunteer to be ready to deployed to find and rescue them. These missions will depend on search and rescue volunteers to form the backbone of many rescue operations. We offer training that helps to show up with a handful of skills such as:

  • Wilderness Survival - skills and techniques that a person may use in order to sustain life in any type of natural environment or built environment. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life which include water, food, and shelter.
  • First Aid - the assistance given to any person suffering a illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.
  • Medical Operations - to provide greatest goods for greatest numbers by conducting triage and rapid treatment such as: Apply techniques for opening airway, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock
  • Team Organization - organized group of volunteers who are involved in performing shared/individual tasks of the mission as well as achieving shared/individual goals and objectives for the purpose of accomplishing the mission and producing its results.
  • Fire Safety - the study and practice of mitigating the unwanted effects of potentially destructive fires

Overall Boondocks K-9 Search and Rescue - Community Emergency Response Team members and volunteers will be educated and trained to specific assist during any type of disaster or situation.

The Reason of Boondocks K-9 Unit

Not all SAR (search and rescue) dogs perform the same type of search. The types overlap, the distinction guides are in the training process and how the dog participates in missions.

  • Tracking or trailing dogs work with their nose to the ground. They follow a trail of human scent -- typically heavy skin particles that fall quickly to the ground or onto bushes -- through any type of terrain. These dogs are not searching, they're following: Tracking dogs need a last seen starting point, an article with the person's scent on it to work from and an uncontaminated trail. For this type of work, time is an issue the faster a dog can start the better.
  • Air-scent dogs work with their nose in the air. They pick up human scent anywhere in the vicinity -- they don't need a last seen starting point, an article to work from or a scent trail, and time is not an issue. Whereas tracking dogs follow a particular scent trail, air-scent dogs pick up a scent carried in air currents and seek out its origin, the point of greatest concentration.

Air-scenters might specialize in a particular type of search, such as:

  • Cadaver - specifically search for the scent of human remains, detecting the smell of human decomposition gasses in addition to skin rafts. Cadaver dogs can find something as small as a human tooth or a single drop of blood.
  • Water - search for drowning victims by boat. When a body is under water, skin particles and gases rise to the surface, so dogs can smell a body even when it's completely immersed. Typically, more than one SAR team searches the area of interest, and divers use each dog's alert point, along with water-current analysis, to estimate the most likely location of the body.
  • Urban disaster - The most difficult SAR specialty, urban disaster dogs search for human survivors in collapsed buildings. They must navigate dangerous, unstable terrain.
  • Wilderness - search for human scent in a wilderness setting.