Flying Search Dog Teams to a Search

Flying our search dog team to your location to assist you in your search for a missing person.  

First we’ll need you to email us. Look at our web site at for current email address. Tell us what your home and a cellular telephone numbers, what are your home address, city, and state zip code, and email address?  

Then in order for us to assist you, we’ll need a complete description of the missing person. Their name, age, weight, height, race, physical description, Date of Birth, and location and date last seen. Their last known home address, city, state, country, zip code and telephone. If you know their email, please forward that information as well. 

We can fly a search dog team (one dog, one handler) to your location immediately to help

You. Please complete the attached contract, read it carefully, initial each paragraph, sign the last

Page and email it back to us our current email address. Please keep a signed copy for your records. We cannot and will not respond to this search request, without a signed contract. 

When flying our search dog teams to your location, most people use travel or air miles to fly us to their location. This helps reduce your costs for the search effort.  

The airlines are now charging a search dog transport fee of $100.00 each way to and from a search for the search dog to fly in the cabin with it’s handler.   

Our charges: We charge $25.00 per hour, travel time from Longview, Wash. (1 hour north of Portland, Ore). to your location. (We fly out of Portland, Oregon). This includes standby time at the airport, flying time, travel time on the ground upon arrival going to and from the search site,  departing, and return flight time (travel time) as well.  

You the client must also pay for the airfare and motel. Again most families obtain help through their local media obtaining frequent flier miles. You will need to reserve a NON SMOKING ROOM that allows search and rescue service dogs to stay with their handlers.  

Under U.S. Federal laws our search dogs are allowed anywhere the handlers go while working on a case, to include restaurants, motels, hotels, inside the airplanes, bus, trains, etc. The search dog must be wearing a SAR Jacket and possess SAR photo identification. The handler should be in uniform and possess SAR photo id.  

You’ll need to email I.K.9.S.A.R.S with the hotel contact information, reservation confirmation # and name, address, city, state, zip code and telephone # of the motel that we’ll be staying at. 

We also charge $50.00 per fifteen minutes of search time. Most searches last between one hour and eight hours, but they can last as much as 40 hours or more. If you can’t afford our fees, contact the SAR Coordinator, Mr. Oakes. We want to help you find your loved one and bring closure to the search. We’ll work with your family on our fee schedule. 

When we arrive, we’ll need a non-smoking person to pick us up at the airport and transport us to our motel/hotel. We’ll need a contact telephone # and name of the persons we’re to meet, once we arrive. 

You or a member of your family/ friends may go with us on the actual search to observe what we’re doing. There is absolutely No smoking allowed around the search dog or their handler.

We're the only professionally paid K-9 search dog team that responds Nationally and Internationally to missing person calls 24/7 anywhere in the world. 

Let us know if you need our help. We cannot be responsible for your safety during our search.  

We’ll also need you to email us the nearest 24 hour emergency veterinarian hospital in your area in case the search dog becomes injured. 

When we fly out of the country or cross-country, we ask to be flown in First Class. This allows the search dog to stretch out on the floor for the long crowded flights. We may waive the first class flight only if the airlines guarantee a bulkhead seating for the search dog team. NOTE: We refuse to fly SW Airlines as they openly discriminate against service dogs. We fly all other commercial airlines. 

Email us the Passenger Locator ID and the signed contract 

When we’re responding to foreign countries, we must have the following or we cannot respond. 

1). A signed contract from the paying person(s), company involved who have requested our team(s).  

2). The Name, address, city , country, email address, and telephone numbers of the nearest US Embassy. 

3). The name, address, telephone numbers of where we’ll be staying. 

4). A letter written in English and in the native language where we’ll be responding, stating the following: 

A). That I.K.9.S.A.R.S. team member(s) are being asked to respond on behalf of your

      Government and have your governments permission to enter and leave with our search dogs.

      This will be address to all government officials, police and military and security personnel. 

B). That your country will waive all quarantine restrictions for the search dogs entering and

      leaving your country. This must be signed by your Minister or Department of Agriculture

      Department head or person in charge.  

C). Very Important. That your country and the specific airlines, will recognize and allow our

      search and rescue dog(s) to fly in cabin, inside the airplane, sitting on the floor, next

      to the dog handler without being inside a crate. Our search dogs never fly in crates. 

References: We have thousands of references. We cannot and will not give you the names of our clients and their telephone numbers as our client list is confidential. We can give you general information. Example. Hurricane Mitch. Two teams responded. Located 29 victims’ dead. You may then contact the Honduras government and confirm our statements if you wish.

Out of respect for the victims, their surviving families we don’t feel it’s appropriate to give out their personal telephone numbers, names, etc. (Would you want to be bothered by some stranger asking you if our team found your loved one dead?) 

We can supply character references, names and telephone numbers of people who can confirm that we are honest and our reporting system is beyond reproach. We’ve been in business since 1986 and serve all of our clients with the utmost professionalism and honesty. We are the most documented and successful search dog team in the world. 

We must have all of our required information a minimum of two working days before we can respond so that we may obtain our US Federal health certificates for our search dogs to exit the USA, enter your country, exit your country upon completion of our mission and reenter the USA.  

We must have all of the written documents required in your native language and a second letter stating the same in English. Email both letters to our current email address.

Thank You   
Mr. Harry Oakes.
Search and Rescue Coordinator,
Office of Emergency Management.
Search and Rescue Coordination Center. 

Because I.K.9.S.A.R.S. actively trains service dogs to provide service to people who are disabled, please see the ADA information below.


Q: What are the laws that apply to my business? A: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.

Q: What is a service animal? A: The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government. Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. "Seeing eye dogs" are one type of service animal, used by some individuals who are blind. This is the type of service animal with which most people are familiar. But there are service animals that assist persons with other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Some examples include:

 Alerting persons with hearing impairments to sounds.

 Pulling wheelchairs or carrying and picking up things for persons with mobility impairments.

 Assisting persons with mobility impairments with balance. A service animal is not a pet.

3. Q: How can I tell if an animal is really a service animal and not just a pet?

A: Some, but not all, service animals wear special collars and harnesses. Some, but not all, are licensed or certified and have identification papers. If you are not certain that an animal is a service animal, you may ask the person who has the animal if it is a service animal required because of a disability. However, an individual who is going to a restaurant or theater is not likely to be carrying documentation of his or her medical condition or disability. Therefore, such documentation generally may not be required as a condition for providing service to an individual accompanied by a service animal. Although a number of states have programs to certify service animals, you may not insist on proof of state certification before permitting the service animal to accompany the person with a disability.

4. Q: What must I do when an individual with a service animal comes to my business?

A: The service animal must be permitted to accompany the individual with a disability to all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. An individual with a service animal may not be segregated from other customers.

5. Q: I have always had a clearly posted "no pets" policy at my establishment. Do I still have to allow service animals in?

A: Yes. A service animal is not a pet. The ADA requires you to modify your "no pets" policy to allow the use of a service animal by a person with a disability. This does not mean you must abandon your "no pets" policy altogether but simply that you must make an exception to your general rule for service animals.

6. Q: My county health department has told me that only a seeing eye or guide dog has to be admitted. If I follow those regulations, am I violating the ADA?

A: Yes, if you refuse to admit any other type of service animal on the basis of local health department regulations or other state or local laws. The ADA provides greater protection for individuals with disabilities and so it takes priority over the local or state laws or regulations.

7. Q: Can I charge a maintenance or cleaning fee for customers who bring service animals into my business?

A: No. Neither a deposit nor a surcharge may be imposed on an individual with a disability as a condition to allowing a service animal to accompany the individual with a disability, even if deposits are routinely required for pets. However, a public accommodation may charge its customers with disabilities if a service animal causes damage so long as it is the regular practice of the entity to charge non-disabled customers for the same types of damages. For example, a hotel can charge a guest with a disability for the cost of repairing or cleaning furniture damaged by a service animal if it is the hotel's policy to charge when non-disabled guests cause such damage.

8. Q: I operate a private taxicab and I don't want animals in my taxi; they smell, shed hair and sometimes have "accidents." Am I violating the ADA if I refuse to pick up someone with a service animal?

A: Yes. Taxicab companies may not refuse to provide services to individuals with disabilities. Private taxicab companies are also prohibited from charging higher fares or fees for transporting individuals with disabilities and their service animals than they charge to other persons for the same or equivalent service.

9. Q: Am I responsible for the animal while the person with a disability is in my business?

A: No. The care or supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of his or her owner. You are not required to provide care or food or a special location for the animal.

10. Q: What if a service animal barks or growls at other people, or otherwise acts out of control?

A: You may exclude any animal, including a service animal, from your facility when that animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. For example, any service animal that displays vicious behavior towards other guests or customers may be excluded. You may not make assumptions, however, about how a particular animal is likely to behave based on your past experience with other animals. Each situation must be considered individually.

Although a public accommodation may exclude any service animal that is out of control, it should give the individual with a disability who uses the service animal the option of continuing to enjoy its goods and services without having the service animal on the premises.

11. Q: Can I exclude an animal that doesn't really seem dangerous but is disruptive to my business?

A: There may be a few circumstances when a public accommodation is not required to accommodate a service animal--that is, when doing so would result in a fundamental alteration to the nature of the business. Generally, this is not likely to occur in restaurants, hotels, retail stores, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities. But when it does, for example, when a dog barks during a movie, the animal can be excluded. 

If you have further questions about service animals or other requirements of the ADA, you may call the U.S. Department of Justice's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD).


Revised 04-14-09 

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