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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Thursday 4th June 2020, 10:24

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Tragic news in the last few days, as Bonnie, a SARDA Ireland Trainee Trailing Dog died after she ate poison that had been deliberately put out on the hill with the intention of targeting wildlife. She and her handler Jim O'Brien were training in the foothills of the Knockmealdowns when the incident occurred.

Bonnie was a beautiful and talented dog who no doubt would have become one of our first SARDA Ireland Trailing Dogs. A tragic loss for Jim, who has lost his beloved pet, and and a huge loss to the SARDA Ireland Trailing Dog Team.

RIP Bonnie 🐾

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Tragic news in the last few days, as Bonnie, a SARDA Ireland Trainee Trailing Dog died after she ate poison that had been deliberately put out on the hill with the intention of targeting wildlife. She and her handler Jim OBrien were training in the foothills of the Knockmealdowns when the incident occurred. 

Bonnie was a beautiful and talented dog who no doubt would have become one of our first SARDA Ireland Trailing Dogs. A tragic loss for Jim, who has lost his beloved pet, and and a huge loss to the SARDA Ireland Trailing Dog Team.

RIP Bonnie 🐾 

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So very sorry to hear of such a tragic loss. Run free beautiful Bonnie. Take care Jim. From a dog groomer in cork 😞

There should be a law against laying out poison. Imagine the lives that will surely be impacted on due to the loss of Bonnie, those of her pack and the lives of those hurt or lost in the mountains 😒

So sorry for your loss there is nothing worse than loosing your dog it such a terrible manner πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯

So very sorry for your loss Jim. I hope Bonnie didn't suffer too much. She knew she was loved.

So sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Our thoughts are with you all. She will be waiting at the bridge 🌈 ❀️

We are so sorry for your loss and hope the perpetrators are brought to justice, such a needless loss of a dog who was destined to help those in need, RIP🐾🐾❀️

That is heartbreaking she is a beautiful girl. So very sorry why does anyone want to kill wildlife and by doing this they have also ended the life of a beautiful and very intelligent girl so very very sad. Love and prayers to you all πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸΎπŸΎ

Omg such a devastating loss imagine killing an animal so beautiful so intelligent what a loss for yourselves and to those she would of helped. I hope those who done this will be caught shame on them, this is heartbreaking πŸ’”

My god who would do that our family dog was poisoned a number of years ago the heartbreak and sadness the loss to our family rip darling Bonnie.🐢🐢

I am so deeply sorry for your loss .i hope who ever did this is found and brought to justice, how anyone took do such a thing us unforgiveable, the poor dog and the poor owner this is so heartbreaking , rest in peace sweetheart xx

I'm heartbroken for jim and his family the loss of a pet is unbearable, but in these circumstances it's even harder, my heart goes out to you πŸ’”

What a horrendous way to loose a dog and one with so much potential to do good. RIP Bonnie....thoughts are with Jim and family.

It's an absolute tragedy, only met Bonnie once, such a beautiful natured dog, & so very talented, an awful loss to SARDA & her owner Jim πŸ’” we need to share this far & wide, the culprits need to be caught & brought to justice!!!!...I also walk my dog in this area, but I won't be from now on....rip beautiful Bonnie xx

That's so thoughtless and so very sorry this poor dog has lost her life and sorry for her owner and trainer who has lost his friend and companion so sorry Jim its wicked ! πŸ’”

I'm so sorry to hear this. She was beautiful. And obviously smart too. Her poor family must be heartbroken. What a disgusting thing to do to innocent animals. I know the chances are slim but I would love to see whoever did this brought to justice. Poor Bonnie. I just hope she didn't suffer too much

So sad reading your news. She looked a beautiful girly . Thinking of you at this sad time.. Vicky and search dog Spice from Search dogs Sussex

So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Bonnie - our thoughts and sympathy go out to her handler, Jim and his family at this very sad time. 🌈 πŸ• πŸ’”

Sadly, I know the pain of losing a beautiful clever dog to poisoning. Sorry for your loss.

RIP Bonnie. So sorry for your loss. A dog is a part of the family and I'm sure she knew how much she was loved. She may be over the rainbow bridge but leaves her pawprints on your hearts forever xx

So sorry to hear the huge loss of, hope this matter will be looked into. Bonnie reminds me of my own dog (Was) who is no longer with us. Feel your pain immensely.

That's is very sad news. Poor Bonnie didn't deserve to die that way..Jim must be devastated..It takes a lot of work training a dog and I'm sure Jim was very attached to Bonnie xx

A very sad loss for the dog handler, SARDA, Mountain Rescue but most importantly a very sad loss for all those who may have been lost or injured in our islands wild and remote places and require the unique skills of Bonnie. A tragic loss.

Oh my God, this is terrible. Such a huge loss to SARDA and to his handler. Alot of time, money and, more importantly, love goes into training these dogs. I hope whoever is responsible for this is caught but I fear they will not be. Such a beautiful dog. Poor Jim, Margaret and family must surely be heartbroken.

So sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful dog bonnie it's terrible what people do to defencless animals a dog that would give their lives for us heartbreaking for you you lost lives best friend

What a tragedy. My dog was poisoned along Grand Canal by some rat poison but she survived- we were lucky. This is so painful to read about. Leaving out poison is callously irresponsible.

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Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 20:05

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter has made another great narrated video, this time it features a dog called Nala attempting to catch a bird.

Did you know that SARDA Ireland dogs are stock tested? Our dogs must remain focused and avoid getting distracted by animals that they may encounter when searching for a missing person. #sardafactoftheweek

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Renowned BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter has created his latest video for a good cause, in partnership with Dogs for Good - UK, and their #WinningFromHome competition.

The campaign has sought to highlight the power of our four-legged friends, celebrating why we are a nation of dog lovers. The winning video shows one-year-old Cavapoo, Nala, as she attempts to catch a bird in the garden...

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Sean and Kody.
**CALLOUT 18**

SARDA Ireland were tasked to assist An Garda Síochána with a missing person search in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary earlier today. Thankfully the missing person was found safe and well whilst two of our dog teams were en-route.

Other agencies Involved:
Killaloe Coast Guard Unit
Tipp S & R GROUP /NOSU
Limerick Land Search Team

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