Midwest Search Dogs

To activate the team to find a missing person, please contact us on our 24-hour alerting number

317-254-FIND
We can only respond to requests for our services from local, state and/or federal responsible agencies.

Capabilities

Midwest Search Dogs is located in Central Indiana and is a completely volunteer organization. We are dedicated to training highly qualified K9s for Search and Rescue of lost or missing persons. We provide several search disciplines, free of charge, to assist Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, EMA, and Government Agencies in our community. Our team has individuals trained and certified to nationally recognized search standards, both K-9 and Ground SAR Responder.

Live Area


Human Remains


Tracking/Trailing


Members


SHOW MEMBERS
Chelsea Gill
President
NASAR SARTECH II Certified Ground Searcher
Curt Hunter
Vice President
NASAR SARTECH II Certified Ground Searcher
Brian Andrzejewski
Associate Member
NASAR SARTECH II certified Ground Searcher
Connie Swaim
Secretary
NASAR SARTECH II Certified Ground Searcher
Dana Sarvich
Member
NASAR SARTECH II Certified Ground Searcher
David Thatcher
Member
NASAR SARTECH II Certified Ground Searcher
Erica Blackburn
Member
Jim Majdak
Member
IDHS Certified Ground Searcher
Jimmy Maxwell
Member
NASAR SARTECH II Certified Ground Searcher
Jo Lock
Associate Member
NASAR SARTECH II Certified Ground Searcher
Michael Sarvich
Member
NASAR SARTECH II Certified Ground Searcher

K9s

 

SHOW K9s

LIVE AREA

K9 Silas
IN TRAINING
K9 Lambeau
IN TRAINING
K9 Willow
IN TRAINING
K9 Nikhya
IN TRAINING

HUMAN REMAINS

K9 Skywalker
IN TRAINING
K9 Loki
IN TRAINING
K9 Lambeau
IN TRAINING
K9 Nikhya
IN TRAINING

TRACKING
TRAILING

K9 Berdie
IN TRAINING
K9 Garmin
IN TRAINING

IN MEMORY

K9 Sophie
January 26, 2009
November 5, 2011
K9 Cooper
November 1, 2002
May 13, 2013
K9 Condor
October 9, 2008
November 24, 2016
K9 Brady
October 7, 2008
March 9, 2017
K9 Takota
July 10, 2005
March 13, 2017

Callouts

November 25, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
IMPD
HRD Ground Search
November 25, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
IMPD
HRD Ground Search

Join MSD

Midwest Search Dogs (MSD) is a non-profit organization comprised of K-9 / Handler Teams and support personnel such as communication specialists, spotters, medical personnel, and other irreplaceable pieces of this team.  MSD currently trains for the rescue and recovery of missing persons. Our members are not paid for their service. In fact, this volunteer service can be a very expensive endeavor. Still, the team members gladly give their time, training, and dogs as a service to our local, state, and national community as may be requested.

MSD is always looking for new members

K-9 handlers and other service-minded persons, who are truly interested in pursuing search and rescue work. You will be looked upon to help wherever you have skills that come in handy. Whether it be fundraising, training, public relations, or some of everything, we are always looking for people that are versatile and will step up no matter the endeavor or event.  Basically, we are looking for motivated, service-minded individuals that aren’t afraid to train in sun or the worst storms, who are willing to sacrifice their free time, who understand the expense and the commitment, but are still there every week. Every time the call goes out whether it’s training or someone that needs our help, we can count on You.

If this is you, CONTACT US

Requirements

We train every Tuesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and every other Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Members should plan on attending the entire session regardless of the weather. We require 75% attendance per quarter to be in good standing. Optional training is often available many times between scheduled trainings.

You will need to submit a Limited Criminal History Check with your application.  This can be obtained here

Each team member is required to obtain a Ground Search Certification, regardless if you are a K9 handler or not with-in 2 years of your application date (app date). Other required certifications include:

  • ‍CPR/First Aid –As soon as possible
  • K9 First Aid –with-in 1 year of app date
  • Camp Atterbury Course or equivalent –1 class per calendar year
  • SAR Seminar or Conference –1 attended per calendar year

We only train our K9s with positive reinforcement training techniques. No choke chains, prong/pinch collars, and no electronic collars are allowed at trainings. You are not immediately disqualified from visiting the team if you currently use this equipment. Please feel free to contact us with further questions regarding this matter.

You will need the outdoor equipment to train year round, and will need additional equipment when you become mission-ready.

You will need the financial backing to obtain the required equipment for your SAR ready pack. Enough for travel expenses to and from certification locations and certifier fees. Enough for seminars, conferences, classes, deployment, and emergencies that come from this line of work.

You will need the job flexibility to go on missions and attend specialized trainings.

You have to be dedicated to search and rescue work due to the vast number of hours required. However, it is rewarding work, which allows you to find out a great deal about yourself and your dog.  We have high standards because Search and Rescue is NOT about giving your dog a job. It is NOT about putting a search vest on your K9 or making it on the news. It is NOT a hobby. It is a lifestyle. It is about bringing closure to families in times of need. It is about being highly trained as a SAR personnel to assist in the search and rescue or recovery of lost and missing persons.  You may wish to attend one of our Sunday trainings, to see firsthand the work involved and to allow us to answer your questions. We would be delighted to have you out!

ready to make a difference?

CONTACT US

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