To provide trained canines and handlers for the search and rescue of live persons trapped due to man-made or natural disasters.
To provide trained canines and handlers for the search and recovery of deceased persons lost, trapped or drowned.
To provide our services to government agencies on a 24-hour/365-day basis at no cost, as a benefit to the public.
To provide training and education for our canines and their handlers in order to develop and improve capabilities that will ensure competent and capable search teams and operations.
Since the late 1960s, search dogs have proven to be consistently useful in locating victims trapped beneath debris, mud and water. Their acute scenting ability allows a trained dog to detect and alert on human scent traveling through crevices and voids, as well as at the surface of water and mud. In 2017, experienced search dog trainers from volunteer units across Minnesota formed Minnesota K9 Search Specialists (MNK9SS) an all-volunteer specialty unit focused on urban search and rescue.
MNK9SS handlers train canines to a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) state certification level and are available to deploy to local and national disasters.
You can read more about MNK9SS canine certification standards below:
Human Remains Detection (HRD)