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Who We Are

Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs (a.k.a BSARD) is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation of dedicated canines and their handlers. Our mission is to help local, state and federal emergency services agencies locate missing people. This is achieved by the use of highly-trained scenting dogs who are able to detect and discriminate the distinctive scent signatures every person leaves behind.

Because BSARD is not a government agency, we are not restricted to any county or state boundaries. We are available 24 x 7, and perform our duties at no cost to the agency or family. We adhere to the standard Incident Control System and report to the Operations Manager. We never self-deploy, and will only officially respond when called upon by the authority of the Incident Commander.

Our dogs and handlers train regularly in many disciplines critical to a good canine search operation:


  • Obedience and Canine Good Citizenship
  • Trailing
  • Scent-specific and General Area Search
  • Land and Water Human Remains Search
  • Wilderness Search
  • Urban and Building Search
  • Collapsed Structure Search
  • Article Search and Identification
  • NIMS Command and Control Protocols
  • Search Management Planning and Operations
  • Ground Search Procedures
  • Communications Protocols
  • GPS and Compass Orienteering
  • First Aid, CPR and AED
  • Canine First Aid
  • Crime Scene Preservation
  • Hazmat Awareness
  • Presentation and Education

We hold our dogs and personnel to high standards, and continually seek to improve our canines' skills as well as our own. Most of our team members hold current NASAR certifications from SarTech III through SarTech I, and four of our teammates have been through the 40-hour "Managing Search Operations" course by CDS Outdoor School.

Our organization is committed to educating the public about canine search and rescue, as well as steps they can take to enhance their survivability in an emergency situation. Our members have performed scores of no-charge presentations to fire and police departments, libraries, school and day care groups, church groups, and other social and professional organizations.

To arrange a presentation for your organization, contact Gloria Napier at 513.683.5785, or via email at


BSARD, or its individual members, are members of one or more of the following international, national and regional search and rescue organizations:

Click here to go to OSARA's web site Ohio Search and Rescue Association (OSARA) Click here to go to OHFEDK9SAR's web site Ohio Federation of K9 Search and Rescue Teams
Click here to go to NASAR's web site The National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) Click here to go to IPWDA's web site International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA)
Click here to go to NASDN's web site The North American Search Dog Network (NASDN) Click here to go to NAPWDA's web site North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA)
Click here to go to CSAR's web site Canine Search and Recovery (CSAR) Click here to go to NOCDS's web site Network of Canine Detection Services (NOCDS)

We also work hand-in-hand with other search and rescue organizations around the region.

Special Thanks

FOE Logo Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs express our deepest thanks and appreciation to Aerie # 3006 (Loveland, OH) of the Fraternal Order of Eagles who have helped so much with their contributions and continuing support. With your help we can continue to achieve and maintain the highest standards of service to our community.

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