Pacific Crest Search Dogs is a non-profit, federally tax-exempt corporation organized to provide trained volunteer personnel and canine/handler teams for search and rescue missions requested by any official agency or any family in need of it’s expertise. In addition, it exists to provide educational programs to the public regarding search and rescue. Pacific Crest Search Dogs does not charge for its search and rescue services.

Pacific Crest Search Dogs was organized in Skamania County, Washington, in August 2004. It immediately began responding to emergency search and rescue operations in Washington and Oregon.  Pacific Crest Search Dogs will respond to other states if requested by appropriate officials.

There are five handler/canine teams, all of whom have experience as search and rescue responders.  In addition to canine handling, team members are trained in first aid and CPR, helicopter safety, knowledge of crime scenes, lost person behavior, visual tracking, navigation, wilderness survival, and scent theory.
All canine/handler teams need to pass field certification tests. Tests have been established for wilderness air scent searches, trailing dog searches, cadaver/human remains detection, evidence and shoreline searches. Pacific Crest Search Dogs presently has five canine/handler teams. They are as follows;
  • Sharon Ward and K9 Seeker (Air scent Wilderness & Human Remains Detection)
  • Eileen Espe with K9 Dante (Human Remains Detection)
  • Sandy West, K9 Ben (Trailing) and K9 Cooper (Human Remains Detection)
  • Kent Stuart and K9 Mako (Human Remains Detection)
  • Shelly Nieman and K9 Bohdi (Air Scent Wilderness)
  • John Root (Support/Logistics)

Members of our team are available for presentations on search and rescue and working with canines to local groups and organizations. Observers are welcome to participate in our trainings. Meet our canines and let us show you the kind of work they do.