Media relations

California Rescue Dog Association has media liaisons who will welcome any opportunity to speak with journalists.  As a public benefit organization (501c3) our charter includees community education and we welcome discussion aligned with the following topics:

  • CARDA member volunteer support for the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in mutual aid searches,
  • Educating the public about how California’s canine SAR teams work on behalf of law enforcement
  • Providing public education about safely enjoying outdoors in wilderness and urban areas in California (i.e. preventative search and rescue a.k.a. PSAR)
  • Increasing public awareness of the funding needs of California’s canine SAR teams
  • Impact of new technology on canine search and rescue training and operational readiness
  • Promoting partner organizations that provide canine search and rescue resources (National Parks, State Office of Emergency Services and County Sheriff SAR teams)

The nature of search and rescue missions is changing, due to many factors. We are happy to have a discussion about some of these changes and impact on search and rescue. Please take a look at a recent NPR report that outlined a few of the “new” dynamics.

Please note, the CARDA spokespersons cannot discuss specific missing person incidents, unless it pertains to publicly available information.  General inquiries on recent search and rescue missions in the news, should be directed to the sheriff’s office public information officer (PIO).

Please see links below for information and statistics about: CARDA canine teams, their role in a search, who funds the work, and what challenges are on the horizon. For interview requests, please email [email protected]

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