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Avalanche Safety

As we start moving towards winter play-time in the backcountry, please stay safe. Look into local Avalanche Awareness or Avy 1 classes,  take the time to familiarize yourself with your Avalanche Safety Equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) and let someone know where you’re headed. Happy trails folks!

Thank you AKWISE

Last weekend ASARD participated in a 3 day training exercise, AKWISE (Alaska Wilderness Interagency Search Exercise), with other volunteer search agencies from across the state. Thank you to everyone who participated or supported in any way.

Donate to the Little Su Reward Fund

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On January 8, 2015 Anchorage Police Department (APD) was contacted by Animal Control about a dog at a residence that may have been poisoned. Little Su, a 5 year old English Shepard, became sick after consuming a mixture of anti-freeze and chicken from a container near her home. She was taken to the vet by her owners. She passed away the evening of January 8th.

Little Su was a canine member of Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs (ASARD). She was operational in the disciplines of wilderness air scent and avalanche. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact APD at (907) 786-8900 or Anchorage Crime Stoppers at (907) 561-STOP or online

ASARD is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the perpetrator of the poisoning of SAR canine Little Su. If you wish to help offset this cost, you can contribute to ASARD via our gofundme account for ASARD Little Su Reward or our Little Su Reward account at Alaska USA. If no convictions in this case have been made when the statute of limitations for this crime has passed, all funds donated for the reward will transfer to our general fund to support our mission and goals.

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WBR International Dog School: January 11-15, 2015. Little Cottonwood, UT.

Asard will once again be represented at the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue International Avalanche Rescue Dog School, held in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT.  This event takes place January 11-15, 2015 at Alta & Snowbird Ski Resort, and hosted by the Alta Peruvian Lodge. This workshop brings in up to 30 dog teams and provides some awesome opportunities to train in SAR progressions as well as real time response to realistic scenarios including; helicopter & snowcat based response, fully buried vehicles in roadway slide paths, and many more surprises.

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