NATIONAL SEARCH DOG ALLIANCE

The Voice of K-9Search and Rescue

aka NSDA   |   Houston, TX   |  http://www.n-sda.org/

Mission

The mission of the National Search Dog Alliance, a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3), is to serve communities through the certification and education of search and rescue and law enforcement canine teams and their support personnel.
• Serve communities: our certified canine teams respond to local and national emergencies and provide awareness programs on proactive safety education.
• Certification: we provide nationally recognized standards to ensure the highest quality resources to advance public safety.
• Sponsoring Education at the local, regional and national level to provide professional continuous learning opportunities.

Ruling year info

2008

President and Chief Executive Officer

Roy Pescador

Main address

1302 Waugh Dr., Suite #121

Houston, TX 77019 USA

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EIN

41-2237542

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

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Our programs

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Area Certification

The Area Search Team Field Qualification Test assesses the ability of an area search canine team (handler and canine) to locate hidden subjects in a large area within a prescribed time period, the ability of the handler to correctly read the behavior of the canine, the ability of the canine to show a trained, recognizable change in behavior when it detects a person, and the ability of the handler to formulate and execute a search plan.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The objective of the Avalanche Test is to simulate a real world K-9 incident with the human contamination one might expect to find when responding to an avalanche. The dog and handler team will be evaluated on their abilities to perform as an effective avalanche K-9 team and on their ability to successfully find avalanche victims.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The canine search and rescue team must be capable of searching a house/building where the case begins, identifying the vehicle that transported the victim, and searching the wooded area where the victim was placed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Water Recovery Team Field Qualification Test demonstrates the ability of a water recovery canine team (handler and canine) to locate victims of drowning related incidents such that recovery resources can be employed in the area of indication with a high degree of probability. Recovery of the victim will be successful based upon information provided by the canine team.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The purpose of the Wilderness Trailing Test is to evaluate the Handler/K-9 team’s ability to correctly follow a trail and locate the missing person. The objective is to simulate a real world incident with the typical human contamination found at a search scene.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Backtrack standard has been developed by NSDA to assist the U.S. Border Patrol. It is helpful for law enforcement, fish and game, evidence searches and any related use where the subject’s trail must be followed back to its source in order to locate additional items or people. We recommend that a handler have their canine well-founded in forward trailing techniques and obedience before pursuing this standard.

Population(s) Served
Adults

NSDA provides mentorship to give teams the opportunity to have someone they can trust to offer assistance in team matters, training issues and search dilemmas.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This test has been promulgated by the NSDA to assess handler/canine team’s ability to locate human remains or live subjects in natural and man-made disasters. It will also assess the canine’s ability to maneuver and search in various types of rubble and debris.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Assistance to law enforcement in locating firearms, cartridges, or miscellaneous items, fired or unfired, with gun powder or oil residue.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Search dog teams are often deployed into the field not knowing if they are looking for a live person or deceased. This certification is to prove that one team can locate both.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of field certification tests given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We offer seven different disciplines for which search dog teams can certify. The numbers above are the annual composite of all seven types of tests.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The purpose of NSDA is to educate handlers, law enforcement and the public on the value, benefits and methods of proper use of K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. NSDA strives to develop and maintain high quality certification standards for K-9 teams in order to better serve the public.

Goal 1: Maintain quality, national certification standards.
Strategy:
Adhere to regular NSDA peer reviews by experts in various disciplines.
Meet guidelines recommended by the forum, Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines (SWGDOG).

Goal 2: Develop effective educational programs.
Strategy:
Learn the needs of our target audience to develop potential programming ideas.
Create online training manuals and other multimedia presentations.

Goal 3: Build a bridge of communication amongst K-9 SAR teams, law enforcement, government agencies, and the general public.
Strategy:
Expand the audience and content of our podcasts.
Market our free e-newsletter to a specific target audience.
Provide online and offline opportunities for people to network and share ideas.

Goal 4: Provide in person education to all parts of the country.
Strategy:
Provide qualified, free instructors for hands on training at small, local seminars in various states at the lowest possible cost to the K-9 handlers.

NSDA is well positioned to be the one-stop information source for all K-9 search and rescue teams. The following resources have, and will continue to, enable us to reach ambitious programmatic and financial sustainability goals:

1. A dedicated Board of Directors;
2. A committed leadership team;
3. An expanding community of members and donors; and
4. A diverse group of talented volunteers.

NSDA has established standards to meet national criteria, expanded representation in major regions throughout the country, and provided training seminars and conferences. We also publish a monthly e-newsletter, distributed to 1,500 readers, and broadcast a series of educational podcasts featuring expert speakers. In the coming years, we will develop a speakers' bureau to educate law enforcement and search coordinators, increase our online brand presence, and raise funds for an outreach instructional program for handlers.

Financials

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NATIONAL SEARCH DOG ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 1/6/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roy Pescador

National Search Dog Alliance

Term: 2020 - 2022

Roy Pescador

National Search Dog Alliance

Sherry Scruggs

National Search Dog Alliance

Brendan Fike

National Search Dog Alliance

Julie Grinnell

National Search Dog Alliance

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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