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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

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Another day, another callout!

Thankfully the missing person was found safe and well shortly after the callout was initiated!

Happy Easter everyone! 🐥

SARDA Ireland we’re tasked by An Garda Síochána to a missing person search in Co. Tipperary in the last 30 minutes. Thankfully, as our dog teams were preparing to leave their homes and work, the missing person was located and SARDA Ireland were stood down.
SARDA Ireland would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Stephen Cunningham, who was sadly recovered after an extensive 5 month search in Co. Galway. Rest in Peace.
Come meet Cassu, a trainee air-scenting search dog outside Paul Street Shopping Centre 🐶
A very merry Christmas to all our followers! Thank you to everyone for your support in 2021, it’s been a busy year, but as ever, we are glad we can help.

We hope you all have a safe Christmas 🎅🏼

Here is Blue, doing her very best to stay still for her pawtrait, but her puppy ways got the better of her. I think we can all agree that she is cute though!
Today is International Volunteers Day 🥳 But there are more to thank than you might think!

SARDA Ireland have an amazing team of search dogs and handlers that respond to missing person searches across Ireland. 🙌🏻

We have multiple prospective and trainee dog teams that are working their way through training. 💪🏻

We have the best Dogs Bodies ever, who hide for our dogs during training. 🤟🏻

We have amazing support from Mountain Rescue Ireland and National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) who provide training standards, insurances and everything else that’s needed to keep the charity going. 👏🏼

These are all volunteers, nobody is paid in these roles, and they all spend countless hours ensuring that SARDA Ireland continue to provide the best service that we can. We have been around since 1987, we are the longest standing search dog group in Ireland, and we hope that we can continue to provide this service for years to come! 🤞🏻

We have the best supporters: the public are incredibly kind and their donations ensure that we can continue to provide a specialised and high-standard search dog service to the people of Ireland. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

We are also very kindly supported by local landowners, Coillte, National Parks and Wildlife Service, NUI Galway and many others who provide training areas for us. 👏🏼

When a call comes in that someone is missing and we deploy a search dog team, it’s thanks to everyone above, and plenty of other people that I’ve forgotten to mention, that we are able to respond. 

It’s not only a team effort, but it’s a national effort 💪🏻

Thank you everyone! 🙌🏻
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