K9 Search and Rescue Boat

$601 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 46 months
Andrew Piske
for Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs Inc

Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs (GARD) is an all-volunteer Search, Rescue, and Recovery organization. GARD is formally recognized by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) as a state resource for search, rescue, and recovery operations. We have been a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization since 1999. We use specially trained dogs to find lost or missing people in wilderness, rural, or disaster environments.

Recently, we have begun specialized water training in order to have our dogs search from a boat. This is a search and rescue resource that is greatly needed in not only our local area but across the entire state! In order to properly train and deploy for this new discipline the group needs to purchase a specialized boat and equipment. This is so that the dogs, SCUBA divers, and boat operators are able to operate in a safe and effective manner. The boat must be low to the water and have a special platform for the dogs to work off of. Additionally, it has a special engine and electric motor combination so that the boat can operate in shallow water as well as be safe around divers.

On average each member spends $2000 a year on gear, supplies, and classes. We each put a couple thousand miles on our personal vehicles going to trainings and responding to search calls across the state. As a group we are heavily reliant on donations to cover critical equipment and operational costs. Large purchases like this thankfully are not often, however they place a large burden on the group when they do come up.

Please help us so we can get our K9's the equipment they need to work effectively and operate on our waterways! Every donation helps, and is tax deductible!

For more information about our group please visit:  www.gardk9.org
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Just because there is snow on the ground here, doesnt mean our handlers/dogs dont want to work/train. We respond in all types of weather conditions. While you are snowed in please consider donating to help a great cause! Thanks and be safe!
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Thank you for all the donations to date, we are off to a good start! We hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday. While the handlers enjoyed the short break, our canines were very happy to be back at training yesterday.

Please help us reach our goal so that we can get our dogs out on the water and continue their water training. Every contribution helps and is greatly appreciated!
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$601 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 46 months
Created December 16, 2014
Funds raised will benefit:
Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs Inc
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Chesapeake, VA
EIN: 541936194
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44 months ago
Randy, Terri and Ziva Plotkin
44 months ago

Thank you all for the great and wonderful job you do volunteering your time to help others. Be safe and continue the great work!

Brooke Cooper
45 months ago

Name on card is C Neilson Cooper


Thank you for the hard work and dedication on the trail, and because your handler won't let you ride in the front seat.

David Leon
46 months ago

Appreciate all you do. Your organization is certainly one of the unsung heroes in our area.

46 months ago

Good luck with this fund-drive! And for all of the late nights, bug-bites, twisted ankles, frostbit toes/paws, cuts & scratches, etc/etc you and your K9 endure for the greater good...Muchas gracias!

Nickole Sabin
46 months ago

Good luck to you all!

Nicole Elam
46 months ago

Thank you for your commitment to serving the community with your amazing puppers!

46 months ago
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