If there is an emergency, please call 911 and speak to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Front Range Rescue Dogs can only respond to calls from law enforcement.
Currently in our group we have Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, English Shepherds and mixed breed dogs. Other dogs often used in SAR are Golden Retrievers, Australian Shepherds and Border Collies.
Lots of kinds of dogs love finding things with their noses, but, if hiking through a blizzard in the middle of the night, high up in the mountains does not sound appealing to you – there are many other ways to “put your dog to work” using his nose that you can both enjoy. A good place to start is a book called “Fun Nosework for Dogs” by Roy Hunter. Also, there are books on teaching your dog to trail and sometimes you can find local competitions for trailing work.
Front Range Rescue Dogs does not have “search dogs.” Instead we have “qualified search teams.” Each member who would like to become a handler picks out his or her own dog and then trains that dog. After at least a couple years of training, the human and dog are tested as a team to see if they are ready to be qualified. The training and testing process is very time consuming and difficult and not all teams become qualified.
Our dogs are trained to look for human scent and to ignore animal scent. It makes them much more effective in locating lost people. Please click the link “Finding Lost Pets“ to see more about finding lost animals.
No. We strongly believe that SAR services should be free.
Please see this page for information on becoming a member.
We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. Most of our funding comes from individual donations. We do receive funding for some equipment most years through the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund.
Monetary donations are the most useful. Our main costs are the insurance we must have to do our work. Group gear, such as pagers, radios and avalanche beacons are another cost we face. Each dog is owned by their handler, and we all have different ideas on the best food and equipment for our dogs, so dog food and gear is not always useful.
Links to some other Colorado based search and rescue organizations.
There are many other organizations throughout the state that find and rescue people, sometimes with assistance from FRRD.