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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. For details of our policies and procedures, please click here.

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Wednesday 6th December 2023, 20:31
Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
❤️ Search dog Syd retires ❤️

It is with a mix of sadness but with great pride that we announce the retirement of Syd, one of our operational search dogs based in Galway with Galway Mountain Rescue Team 
Syd and his handler Jarlath Folan qualified in April 2019. During their time on the call out list they have conducted numerous searches, in one particular case they searched a large area in Galway for 15 days. 
They had 2 finds during this time. One was locating shoes on the side of a lake that led to the Garda divers recovering the missing person.  The second was finding a person alive after been missing overnight. Most of their searches involved clearing areas for gardai. 
We at SARDA Ireland would like to acknowledge Jarlaths wife Perry and family for their commitment to supporting them while away training and searching. For putting up with the flower beds being dug up and the clothes being pulled off the line 🙈 
Were grateful that Jarlath is continuing with us and is hopefully about to qualify his 3rd dog Shadow next year. In a new discipline, trailing. We wish them the best of luck. 
As for Syd we wish him a long happy retirement with plenty of long walks and lazy afternoons 🐾🐾Image attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

❤️ Search dog Syd retires ❤️

It is with a mix of sadness but with great pride that we announce the retirement of Syd, one of our operational search dogs based in Galway with Galway Mountain Rescue Team
Syd and his handler Jarlath Folan qualified in April 2019. During their time on the call out list they have conducted numerous searches, in one particular case they searched a large area in Galway for 15 days.
They had 2 finds during this time. One was locating shoes on the side of a lake that led to the Garda divers recovering the missing person. The second was finding a person alive after been missing overnight. Most of their searches involved clearing areas for gardai.
We at SARDA Ireland would like to acknowledge Jarlaths wife Perry and family for their commitment to supporting them while away training and searching. For putting up with the flower beds being dug up and the clothes being pulled off the line 🙈
We're grateful that Jarlath is continuing with us and is hopefully about to qualify his 3rd dog Shadow next year. In a new discipline, trailing. We wish them the best of luck.
As for Syd we wish him a long happy retirement with plenty of long walks and lazy afternoons 🐾🐾
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Enjoy your retirement Syd!!!

Best of luck

Happy retirement Syd 🐾

Happy retirement Syd, u did great work with Jarlath and shadow.

Good job Syd 👏👏👏 enjoy your retirement

Happy retirement Syd and WTG Jarleth! On a personal note, I wish you had continued with Springer Spaniels 🙂

Happy retirement Syd. And best of luck Jarlath with the newer members of the family.

Happy retirement Syd

Well done Syd & Jarlath for your fantastic work xx

Enjoy a well deserved retirement Syd ❤️

Ahhh Syd! Good job and good boyo!

Happy retirement Syd, amazing work that you and Ja do

Happy Retirement Syd 🥕🎂🥩🎾

Syd thank you firstly for everything U did , gave and those U helped in any way U are an amazing dog . Sorry to see U leave but happy Ur safe and will have a great and happy retirement . To Ur owner thank you for all the hours and time U gave to training Syd and his brother and fellow 4 legged friends in SandR . Finally Syd stay well cosy and have a great retirement and know U will always be missed and remembered every day for what U gave and did when on the job . Ur 999 family also appreciate you and don't be a stranger when on the prowl drop in for a run and a dog treat I'm sure I'll be welcomed and looked after 😉 take care old friend .

So long Syd, put your paws up! Thank God we still have Jarlath 🙂

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