From Rescued Dogs to Rescuer Dogs
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation trains handlers and dogs, places dogs on teams nationwide, and invites teams from all over the country to train at its state-of-the-art facility.
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is the brainchild of Wilma Melville. It started when her retirement hobby as a civilian canine search-and-rescue handler took her to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in the wake of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995. At the time, Melville and her canine partner were one of only 15 canine teams certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the entire country.