In California, more than 60,000 children are reported missing and volunteers spend about 6,000 hours searching for missing persons each year. Search and rescue trailing dogs are essential in the early moments of a search.
URBAN SEARCH & RESCUE
Nevada City, CA
Trailing dogs follow the scent of a specific person captured from a personal item. Even from a home with high foot traffic, a trailing dog can find the newest scent path. Trailing dogs are essential for determining the direction a missing person has traveled. They help keep the search focused. Law enforcement is encouraged to immediately request trailing resources in an urban search situation.
AIR SCENT & RESCUE
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
Luna is a search and rescue dog trained to find missing people. Each year volunteers spend about 6,000 hours searching for missing persons. CalOES typically requests mutual aid from CARDA for over 50 searches a year.
BEHIND THE SCENES