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08JAN2015: Updated ARDA Standards and evaluation forms are now online

SARDOM (ARDA-MD) K9 made a find after responding to a request from the Annapolis City police.
06 JAN 2015 - WMAR TV, ABC 2

VSRDA (ARDA-VA) was honored to offer numerous resources over multplie days in the search for Hannah Graham.
25 OCT 2014

VSRDA (ARDA-VA) 4-members certified their K9s as FEMA disaster resources!
10 JUNE 2013

Elderly missing man found alive
31 MAY 2013 - WMTW News 8

Missing man walks up to news crew reporting on missing man
29 MAY 2013 - My Fox Twin Cities

HSAR (ARDA-WI) assists in the search for missing 5yo boy
24 MAR 2011 - My Fox Twin Cities

Local Rescue Dogs Take a Break From Work to See Stamp Unveiling
22 JAN 2012 - FairfaxCityPatch.com/

VSRDA (ARDA-VA) certified 2 new teams in 1 day, to bring the total operational K9 units to 14!!!
03 JAN 2012 - www.vsrda.org/

ARDA sends 3 K9 teams (with VATF1) in response to Hurricane Irene
30 AUG 2011 - www.vatf1.org/

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ARDA History

Founded in 1972

The American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA), the nation's oldest air-scenting search dog organization, was founded in 1972 by Bill and Jean Syrotuck. The ARDA "concept" was a result of the Syrotuck's desire to provide the public with competent well-trained search and rescue personnel and canines. To achieve this goal, the Syrotuck's formed the American Rescue Dog Association by organizing various state rescue dog associations from across the nation in order to share training techniques, develop, uniform standards, and create a national alerting system for major emergencies.


ARDA standards and training methods have served as the model for canine search and rescue units across the nation and around the world. Some of ARDA's accomplishments include:

Notable Missions

ARDA Members and their canines have been involved in some of the following missions. Please note, in some of the following missions, ARDA handlers responded as members of a FEMA Task Force or state (USAR) urban search and rescue team.

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