Our commitment extends beyond car meets and cruises, we look for opportunities to give back to our local community by supporting local businesses, volunteering for community service activities and participating in fundraisers for local charities and non-profit organizations.
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is located in Santa Paula, California. SDF was founded in 1996, by Wilma Melville after she had been deployed to the Oklahoma City Bombing. After seeing the devastation of this tragedy, Wilma partnered with renowned dog trainer, Pluis Davern to train disaster search dogs.
SDF rescues high energy, tenacious dogs from across the nation. These specific personality traits are ideal for search and rescue. After a dog passes stringent screening and all required tests, they are partnered with a handler, typically a firefighter or first-responder. Dogs that do not pass the tests are placed into a Lifetime Care home based on SDF's "Lifetime Care Commitment," which states that once a dog is rescued, it will never need to be rescued again.
In March 2021, our own Raven and Leah had the opportunity, alongside Kirby Subaru of Ventura, to visit the SDF facilities in Santa Paula. SDF's facility has onsite living quarters - where the handlers reside during training, outdoor training facilities for the dogs (which look like a playground), real life disaster scenarios (collapsed freeway, earthquake damaged house, airplane crash, train wreck, etc.), kennels, canine exercise facilities and more.
SDF is a small non-profit organization and does not receive government funding, therefore the support of the community goes a long way. There are many ways to help support SDF: monetary donation, sponsorship of a search dog, volunteering, and more.
For more information on how you can help or to learn more about SDF please visit: https://searchdogfoundation.org