Search & Rescue Dog Association (South Wales)
Until recently I knew very little about the work of the South Wales Search & Rescue Dog Association (SARDA). Just like the Mountain Rescue (England & Wales) and the Wales Air Ambulance, SARDA (South Wales) relies on charitable donations to operate. It is made up entirely of volunteers who give up their time to train the dogs and run the charity. SARDA teams will accompany Mountain Rescue teams on call outs where the skills of a trained search dog will maximise the success of the search, for example in large forested areas.
I am very excited to have been asked to be an Honorary Patron for the SARDA (South Wales) and I hope to be able to go out with the team on a training exercise soon where I’ll be asked to be a ‘body’. I’ll need to hide from the dogs for several hours, probably in a wet ditch in the cold, awaiting a slobbery greeting!
SARDA are always looking for new volunteers who are willing to go out on similar exercises – if you are interested contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve been told that it’s a really satisfying experience to know that you’re helping to train a dog that may go on to find a missing person on a real call out. I’ll blog again once I’ve been out!
Visit the SARDA (South Wales) website for more information.