Wake Canine Search and Rescue
P.O. Box 26116
Raleigh, NC 27611-6116

Membership Info

Participating as a member of a search and rescue team can be rewarding, but it is not without cost.  Training is extensive and quite time consuming, especially for the dog handlers.  It can take a year of weekly training to prepare a dog for search and rescue operations.  Continuing education and specialty training require commitment in addition to participation in regular organizational training activities.  All operational team members must meet mandatory minimum training requirements.  Participation in monthly business meetings is also required.


            Individual members pay most of the required equipment costs.  Necessary equipment includes, but is not limited to, the following: orienteering compass, boots, gloves and appropriate clothing, 24 hour search pack, and first aid kit.  Transportation to and from training exercises and searches is by personal vehicle.  Dog Handlers must transport their dogs in a humane manner, either inside a vehicle or inside a dog crate.  The dogs must heel on lead, sit, stay, and come on command.  Dogs must be of sound physical structure and temperament, friendly, well-mannered, and non-aggressive towards people or other dogs.  Health certificates from a veterinarian will be reviewed annually.


All team members including dog handlers are trained to the field team member level and evaluated on their skills prior to consideration as an operational member of Wake Canine.  The training to this level is available from the team if you are willing to commit the time.  A new team member can expect to contribute 12 to 16 hours per month towards training in order to become an operational member within 6 months.  If your goal is to work your dog for search and rescue it is recommended that you bring the dog to a training, but preferably not the first meeting with Wake Canine, to have a preliminary evaluation performed by one of our dog handlers.  If your dog has the traits needed to be trained as a search and rescue dog, and you want to pursue that goal, you must still meet the field team member standard established in the Wake Canine Standard Operating Guidelines, prior to beginning the K-9 training regimen.          


Wake Canine Search and Rescue invites you to come out to one of our training sessions.  This will give you the opportunity to meet the dogs, their handlers, and field team members to watch them work, and to ask questions.  We have members in all stages of training and they will gladly relay the hardships and accomplishments that make search and rescue a rewarding pursuit for some but not all.  A member’s handbook, which describes the standards, evaluation procedures, required equipment, and policies of Wake Canine Search and Rescue, Inc. will be issued to you upon becoming a member.

Thank you for your interest, we hope to see you soon!  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via WCSAR e-mail

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