Welcome to SARDA Ireland

Dedicated to the training and deployment of Air Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs, SARDA Ireland’s objective is to assist in the search and rescue of missing persons on the hills or wherever they may be.

SARDA Ireland is a voluntary 999 / 112 emergency search and rescue organisation concerned with the training, assessment and deployment of Air Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs to search for missing persons. Our dog teams, which consist of the handler and their dog, search anywhere in Ireland and are effective in the mountains, woodlands, rural and urban areas, waterways and seashore, as well as in locating accident or disaster victims.

Search And Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) was set up in 1987 as a Registered Charity (No. 11172) and is a member of Mountain Rescue Ireland www.mountainrescue.ie and NSARDA (National Search And Rescue Dog Association) in the UK www.nsarda.org.uk which comprises SARDA organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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Wednesday 17th February 2021, 20:40

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Galway Mountain Rescue Team are recruiting! One of our qualified air scenting handlers is a member of GMRT, and dogs Syd (air-scenting qualified) and Shadow (trailing trainee) are often found at GMRT events!Do you want to serve your local community and save lives as part of a dedicated voluntary frontline service? If you can stay safe on rugged upland terrain regardless of weather conditions or time of day, then we want to hear from you. APPLY NOW: bit.ly/3tZweP2 ... See MoreSee Less

Galway Mountain Rescue Team are recruiting! One of our qualified air scenting handlers is a member of GMRT, and dogs Syd (air-scenting qualified) and Shadow (trailing trainee) are often found at GMRT events!
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Monday 15th February 2021, 17:11

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Kent Search & Rescue Dogs - Nsarda Kent give a great glimpse of what our search dogs do! 🙌🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuesday 9th February 2021, 11:28

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

🤩PUPPY UPDATE NO. 1 - Hunter🤩

A number of SARDA Ireland handlers have new puppies and we thought that you all would like to hear a little about them! We will share some info over the coming days/weeks.

Hunter is a sproker (springer cocker spaniel mix) that has big hopes to be a trailing search dog one day! Sprokers are high-energy dogs and Hunter has been directing his energy into learning scent discrimination, an important skill for any trailing dog!

Hunter's owners are members of Bonmahon Coast Guard, and have been busy training him whilst also responding to coast guard callouts.

His owners say he is quite helpful, he has helped with painting the house, and even does his fair share of homeschooling the kids, (although his lessons seem to focus on understanding scent movement in wind😅).

He is very obedient, and exercises within his 5km! Good Boy Hunter!🙌

We can't wait to see what is in store for Hunter in the future! 👏
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What a cute puppy! An A for effort for this good boy for helping paint the house 😅

We're all so looking forward seeing Hunter grow up to being a SARDA Dog 🐕 some day. We'll do everything that we can to make that happen for Hunter. Even teaching him to climb 😄

We were bodies for a day over a year ago with plans to train two collie pups for SAR. Not long after one of our pups Rogue was stolen and we never got her back 😓

Good luck Hunter 👋

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