nat SandR Assoc logoMinnSARDA is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Our goal is to provide trained dog/handler teams to assist public safety agencies in the event of a missing person. All unit members are unpaid volunteers.



To request deployment of teams or if you have questions about the use of dogs for an imminent search or a search in progress, please contact:

Anoka County Dispatch at 763-427-1212

A unit member will return your call.  Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Contact Name/Agency/Phone number
  • Location/nearest town and rendez-vous point
  • General description of area to be searched (ie – urban, wilderness, neighborhood…)
  • General description of circumstances of search


  • Our services are available 24/7/364 and are FREE of charge to requesting agencies.
  • We can answer any questions regarding whether dogs would be a good resource to use for a particular search.



  • Arrange multi organization training exercises
  • Request demonstrations or presentations
  • Get information about our training schedule
  • Ask general questions about MinnSARDA or K9 SAR

Please email Kathy at sark9@usinternet.com, or call 763-441-3734.

Be aware:

  • MinnSARDA will deploy only by request of law enforcement or public safety agencies. We cannot deploy at the request of private citizens.
  • Our dogs are trained to locate human scent only. As such, the unit does not search for lost pets.  Please go to http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/ for more information about what you can do if your pet is missing.

Upcoming Trainings/Demos:

6/8/19: Arden Hills, MN

6/16/19: Webster, MN

6/22/19: Golden Valley, MN

7/6/19: Roseville, MN

7/13/19: Little Falls, MN

7/20/19: Bloomington, MN

8/3/19: Burnsville, MN

8/6/19: Osseo, MN

9/7/19: Burnsville, MN

10/3+4/19: Minneapolis, MN

Currently, MinnSARDA is not accepting applications for K-9 handlers. However, volunteer hiders and those interested in field support are welcome.