How You Can Help

Joe Potter stands beside the BSARD equipment and operations trailer, courtesy of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #3006 (Loveland, OH)
Joe Potter stands beside the BSARD equipment and operations trailer, courtesy of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #3006 (Loveland, OH).

Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs is committed to their mission of providing canine search services to the communities of Ohio and the surrounding states, and maintaining that service at no charge to the community or family members. But we can't do it by ourselves. We often need physical or material assistance from like-minded individuals in the community.

Physical Assistance

Physical assistance is just that . . . bodies, helping hands if you will. The most pressing common need we have is for people to come out and work as trail runners.

Being a trail runner may be the most relaxing community service work you can do. You report to the training site about a half-hour before the dogs arrive. After a brief orientation and any special instructions from the Training Director, you walk to a designated place, sit down, stay put, and relax. You can read, eat and drink (except alcohol or any other intoxicants), listen to the radio, sing, play the guitar, or pretty much whatever else you'd do on a quiet day by yourself (or with your family) in the woods.

Less common but equally important is help when we're running fund-raising activities. This could be just about anything, depending on the event, but would involve a little labor, a bit of time, and a lot of fun.

If you'd like to help out with a little of your time and labor, please contact Gloria Napier at 513.683.5785 or via email at training@buckeyesardogs.org.

Material Assistance

Material assistance is money. We're totally volunteer and totally self-funded except for donations and the occasional fund-raising event. We do not charge the community entities that summon us nor the families of lost individuals any fee for our services. Still it does take some funding to pay for outfitting the team and maintaining our equipment.

We are registered in the state of Ohio as a non-profit corporation. If you'd like to make a donation to Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs, please contact Brian Rau at 513.793.7226 or via email at buckeyesardogs@gmail.com, use the handy PayPal button below, or sign up to "support while you shop" at Amazon Smile.

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