The Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue K9 Team is a part of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, a non-profit organization, that operates in partnership with and under the authority of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Dogs (K9s) can be a valuable resource in searches for lost and missing persons. Handlers must be dedicated and highly skilled and their K9s hard working, and well-trained, to be effective. Specific applications for SAR K9s include urban/suburban/rural/wilderness settings, disaster, cadaver, avalanche, and drowning or recovery.
Typical SAR K9 Missions include searching for:
- Missing children, disabled persons, or the elderly in suburban and rural locations.
- Hikers, hunters, mushroom pickers, greens gatherers, and other missing persons in forestlands.
- Evidence of major crimes in outdoor settings.
- Victims of drowning and avalanche
- Possible suicide victims