Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs

Come and see the really tremendous Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs at the Show.  A real hit in many of the fetes and events that they attend, the dogs attract both Children and adults alike!  See them “hunt” for missing children and join in the puppy hunt across the entire site.

Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs (Berkshire SAR Dogs) is a volunteer dog organisation on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist Search & Rescue Teams, the Police and other Emergency Services. Their primary role is to assist in locating lost or missing vulnerable people within Berkshire and its surrounding areas. Berkshire SAR Dogs was formed in 2002 and became a registered charity in the UK in March 2004. It is entirely reliant on sponsorship and donations to exist and carry out its work.

The Team is made up entirely of volunteers who (together with their dogs) undergo constant training and must meet rigorous standards in order to obtain operational status. Most of the dog handlers and support staff fit this in around full time jobs.

search-rescue-dogs-6As of April 2016, they have 25 human and 29 K9 volunteers as full time members of the Team, 10 of their dogs are operational search dogs. Whilst the majority of the dogs are working breeds, all types of dog breeds are considered on their merits and must pass an initial evaluation before being accepted into the team for training.

Being a specialist dog team they are often called out to provide support to neighbouring counties as well as working closely with Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue (SEBEV) who provide search control services and specialist foot search teams.