Search Dogs South


Canine Search and Rescue Team

Serving AL, AR, KY, MS, and TN

Search Dogs South is a non-profit 501(c)(3), all-volunteer search and rescue team.  The organization is based out of Memphis, TN and offers search and rescue within a 250 mile radius. 

There are no fees for SDS services.  Your donation is greatly appreciated.






About Search Dogs South

Search Dogs South, founded in 1995, is a non-profit – 501 (c) (3), all-volunteer search and rescue team. The organization is based out of Memphis, Tennessee and offers search and rescue within a 250 mile radius of that area. There are no fees for SDS services.

The 7 field members come from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from civil servants and office workers to aviation workers and retirees. The K9 team is made up of 13 dogs. We have 4 Bloodhounds, 4 Labs, 1 German Shepard, 3 Mixed breeds and 1 Caucasian Mountain Dog. The dogs range in age from 1 to 8 years.

Each member volunteers their time to the group. SDS is on call 24 hours a day to provide search assistance for official bodies such as Sheriff/Police departments, Fire departments, rescue squads, nursing homes and other federal, state or local agencies.

Some members of Search Dogs South also hold membership in the Mississippi Division, International Association for Identification, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and are Reserve Deputy Sheriffs. SDS also has HAM radio operators among its members.

SDS uses scent specific trailing dogs for missing persons search. We also do land and water cadaver search, crime scene investigation and gun detection searches

24 Hour Emergency Contact

Pager: 901-539-4556

Phone: 662-564-2212

The search and rescue team is available 24/7, 365 days a year

For emergency paging: 

Key in 911 and your area code and phone number. We will call you back immediately.  If you do not get a response to an emergency page within 5 minutes, page again.

For non-emergencies: 

Key in your area code and phone number, we will return your call as soon as possible.

Our Objectives

  • Provide on-going training for dog teams and support personnel in order to ensure the deployment of skilled individuals in search operations
  • Providing trained search dogs and handlers for lost or missing persons search.
  • To serve and educate both law enforcement agencies and the general public in the many uses and benefits of utilizing K-9 assistance in all areas of law enforcement and search and rescue.
  • To make available to law enforcement agencies and search and rescue operations, handlers and dogs capable of assisting in all areas utilizing the various breeds of search dogs.

Our Services


Our search and rescue area covers a 250 mile radius of Memphis, TN.  If you are outside of our service area, we still may be able to help you by responding or putting you in touch with a search team in your area.

Scene Investigation

Time is of the utmost importance.  Call right away, not as a last resort.  The unit can always be cancelled.

Evidence Collection

Like all other evidence at a crime scene, scent is evidence and should properly be collected and preserved.


Search and rescue dogs are trained to be scent specific.  A scent specific dog is taught to search for one particular person.

Make A Scent Article

Why would you need a scent article?  In the event someone is abducted or becomes lost, having a scent article available can make a difference in the outcome of a search.


Read more about our community involvement and participation in organizations like International Association for Identification (IAI) conference.

Case Studies

Read about our very first crime scene investigation in 2000 involving a home invasion, rape/murder.


Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Going Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Family Day Out or Vacation? Learn how to make a scent article for each member in the group and find out how these can save your life or that of a loved one. Search Dogs South volunteer organization gives of both time and...

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Water Recovery Efforts And Training

Water Recovery Efforts And Training

Search Dogs South participated in three body recovery cases during the floods in Tennessee this spring.In one case we located the remains of a flood victim in Memphis.In two cases, one in Dyersburg, the other in Nashville, the remains of the two drowning...

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BellSouth Volunteers

BellSouth Volunteers

The BellSouth Pioneers presented a $3,000 check to Search Dogs South. This non-profit, United Way supported organization, is the Mid-South's rapid response team in the event of missing person events.The Pioneers sold hundreds of patriotic T-shirts...

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Our Supporters

It is through support by individuals and organizations that Search Dogs South is able to provide free services to the Mid-South area. Without this support our non-profit, volunteer organization would not be able to continue to offer its free search and rescue services.

United Way of the Mid-South

Search Dogs South is a United Way sponsored agency.

Combined Federal Campaign

Our Combined Federal Campaign number is 67552

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