"The mission of Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs is to provide highly trained search and rescue dog teams to aid in the search for lost and missing persons."

Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs (ASARD) was formed in 1986 and is a nonprofit, volunteer, search and rescue organization based in Anchorage, Alaska.


What We Do:

ASARD teams are trained in wilderness, avalanche, water, cadaver, tracking/trailing, urban and disaster search activities.

Our primary purpose is to assist in statewide search and rescue (SAR) operations using teams of highly trained search dogs and searcher-handlers.

ASARD Believes:

With over 25 years of practice and experience, ASARD believes there are common training and team characteristics that make a successful mission-ready search dog team.


You should...

  • Choose a motivated, driven, and trainable dog
  • Know your puppy's history
  • Start training before one year of age
  • Read materials on training success
  • Build backcountry skills


ASARD believes that the working dog breeds produce strong dogs for search. ASARD has had successful mission-ready dogs from many of the Retriever, Hound, Shepherd and Collie breeds. A mission-ready search dog consistently and reliably communicates the location of human scent to its handler.

Searching for lost and missing people is about life and death. The people we search for deserve the very best resource we can provide -- a focused and committed dog trained for the sole purpose of finding lost and missing persons.