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Thank you so very much to Cork Cubs and DRT for organising an amazing tag event and raising €632 for our charity. This money will help us respond to more missing person searches across Ireland and train our search and rescue dogs. Thank you ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
๐ŸŽSARDA Ireland donnation gift certificates available until Thursday 22nd.๐ŸŽ

Make a donation in someone else’s name (any amount) and we will send you a certificate that you can print out and give to them.

1. Make a donation on or PayPal (see website), or below.
2. Take a screenshot of your donation and send the details to (your name, the amount donated, and the name of the person you want on the certificate)
3. We will email you a .pdf of the certificate which you can print out at home

(Certificates will be done as a batch each day, so please allow 24 hours between donation and arrival of certificate in your inbox!)
We are getting spammed! ๐Ÿ˜•

If anyone is getting notifications about buying sarda branded hoodies, T-shirts etc., it’s not us! It’s spam!

Please don’t click on any of these comments/links!

We’re trying our best to catch them as they come in, but it is tricky!
*Missing Person Found - a community effort!*

We can thankfully report that the missing person in Co. Tipperary has been found safe and well. 

This afternoon, some of the missing person’s belongings were found by a farmer in his fields. The farmer reported this to the Gardaí who tasked Killaloe Coast Guard Unit to investigate. SARDA Ireland air-scenting dog team Jarlath and Syd also made their way to the field and began searching with Rescue 117 also searching the area from the air. 

Would you believe that SARDA dog Syd and Rescue 117 almost found the person at the same time? The heli picked up on the missing person on their camera at the same time as search dog Syd picked up on the missing person’s scent in the air using his super nose. The heli descended to confirm the find, and Syd arrived at the missing person. 

We are absolutely delighted that the missing person was found safe and well after spending the night outside. 

It really is a community effort when searches happen. Between the Gardaí, search teams, landowners, neighbours, family, friends, social media and more, everyone has a role to play. 

We normally try to name all the agencies involved but there were so many, that we don’t want to leave anyone out. 

So we will just say well done to everyone involved!

And well done to search dog Syd and his super nose!
Air scenting dog team Jarlath and Syd are responding to a missing person search outside Nenagh Town, Co. Tipperary.
SARDA Ireland is part of the National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) organisation. NSARDA is made up of 9 different SARDA teams across England, Scotland, Wales the Isle of Man and Ireland. The main role of NSARDA is to ensure a high standard of training and assessment for both dogs and handlers.

SARDA Ireland have 3 main types of roles:

๐——๐—ข๐—š ๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐——๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ
Search Dogs need highly dedicated, professional Dog Handlers. It takes a great deal of dedication and persistence with training to get a dog up to assessment standard.

Before becoming a trainee dog handler all handlers (regardless of previous experience) will have been volunteering as a ‘body’ for at least 4-6 months before beginning to train their dog. This is necessary to gain a better understanding of the training and to get to know the rest of the team. It usually takes a minimum of 2 years of regular and high-quality training with your dog in accordance with NSARDA standards to become a dog handler.

These requirements may seem restrictive, especially to those with previous dog training experience, but peoples lives depend on the provision of a demonstrably high quality search dog service, and it is our duty as a frontline service to ensure that all our dog teams can provide this level of service during missing person searches.

๐——๐—ข๐—š ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง / ๐—ก๐—”๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—š๐—”๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ
Search Dog Teams need highly dedicated, professional  Dog Supports/Navigators.  It takes a great deal of dedication and time to fulfil this role.

The Dog Support / Navigator will learn the same skills as the Dog Handler, particularly in terms of Navigation, Radio, First Aid, etc., and dealing with members of the family / public but obviously not the training and handling of the dog.

Before becoming a trainee all Trainee Dog Supports / Navigators will have been volunteering as a ‘body’ for at least 4-6 months before commencing training.  This is necessary to gain a better understanding of the training and to get to know the rest of the team.

๐——๐—ข๐—š๐—ฆ ๐—•๐—ข๐——๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฆ
There are many opportunities to assist NSARDA Associations as a ‘Dogs Body‘.
It is impossible to train a search dog if they have no one to search for! Having a body is vital!! All NSARDA Associations are very lucky to have a great team of people we call Bodies or Dogs Bodies. They turn up at every training session to lie in fields, behind trees, in ditches, in the heather or between boulders until the dogs find them.
We always need more Dogs Bodies therefore we need you to volunteer your time. 

For more info, please visit
Did you know that many of our SARDA Ireland team members are also part of other MRI teams including Galway Mountain Rescue Team, Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association?

These teams have cool fundraising events coming up across Ireland, so if you are interested in supporting them, please see the links below (in chronological order)!

๐†๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ - ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐’๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐š๐ฒ - ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก ๐Ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ: 
Galway Mountain Rescue Team - Howl at the Moon - A quiet 9km or an 17km night walk along the forest tracks and walking paths through the Galway Wind Park๐ŸŒฒ

๐–๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ - ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ - ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ ๐๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue - Moonlight Challenge - A 25.5km route up and over the Wicklow Mountains under moonlight๐Ÿ”

๐‚๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ฅ - ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” ๐๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Team - Long Way Round - A 15km fundraising night walk/run over minor roads, forest track and open mountainside๐Ÿ”

Why not share these events with your friends on Facebook to show your support! 

๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸพAlso, we are planning a new SARDA Ireland bucket collection day towards the end of this month, we will announce the details shortly, but it is a great opportunity to meet our search dogs!๐Ÿพ๐Ÿคฉ
Did you know that SARDA Ireland is a mountain rescue team under Mountain Rescue Ireland? MRI is an organisation made up of 11 mountain rescue teams, and approx. 400 trained volunteers.

As you can see in the image below taken from each of the mountainous regions of the island have a dedicated emergency response team, and SARDA is the MRI search dog unit.

Our MRI affiliation underpins a lot of what we do, and how we do it: aspects like insurances, policies and training standards make sure that we are the operating and searching at the top of our game. We are also affiliated with National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), but we can talk about that in the next post!

As it says on the MRI website: "Irrespective of whatever role a person may end up fulfilling, commitment is a vital aspect of the job. Mountain Rescue is a true frontline emergency service, so although teams are fully staffed by volunteers, all members would need to show a professional approach to any role or task they are assigned.... On a cold wet night you may regret the day you joined M.R. but there are many benefits. There is also the satisfaction of helping those in trouble on the hills and mountains of Ireland."

We couldn't agree more!

SARDA Ireland we’re tasked by An Garda Síochána to a missing person search in West Cork this afternoon. The person had been missing since Tuesday, but there had been reported sightings yesterday. Two of our qualified air-scenting dog teams from the South responded to the callout. 

During the search of an area, search dog Trakr indicated on an area of very overgrown bush were the missing person was found safe and well and assessed by handler Jean.

This is Jean and Trakr’s first find since qualifying before the summer. It goes to show how all those years of hard work and training can pay off very quickly when searching under real-life conditions.

Well done Jean and Trakr! 

Other agencies involved:
Cork West Civil Defence

SARDA Ireland we’re tasked by An Garda Síochána to a missing person search in Co. Galway this week. Two of our qualified air-scenting dog teams from the West responded to the callout and searched various areas of interest. Yesterday, just after the dog teams had stood down for the night, the missing person was sadly recovered. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.

Other agencies involved:
Galway Civil Defence
Loughrea Civil Defence
Ballinasloe Civil Defence
Oranmore Civil Defence
Mayo Civil Defence

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