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
www.k9sardog.com 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SERVICE
ANIMALS IN PLACES OF BUSINESS
Q: What are the laws that apply to my
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?
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
Alerting persons with hearing impairments
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
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
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
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
7. Q: Can I charge a maintenance or cleaning
fee for customers who bring service animals into my
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
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).
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