How To Join

Applying to become a member of NEK9 SAR

Training, certifying and then searching with your dog represents a significant commitment in time and energy.  This commitment will include all of us—the trainee and the entire unit. Because we are a small, select, skilled and dedicated group of men, women and dogs, the size of our team places tremendous responsibility on each individual for the success of the whole.  Therefore, applicants are accepted with great care.

[Note: We prefer applicants NOT have a dog at the time of their application. Applicants without dogs will be guided in puppy selection should they qualify for trainee status. This will help ensure that a suitable dog is chosen and that training begins during critical, early weeks of development. We may evaluate dogs already owned at the time of application to determine their suitability for the work.]

To be eligible for trainee status in New England K-9 SAR you must be a primary, legal resident of New Hampshire or Vermont or reside year-round in a town in Maine, Massachusetts, or New York that has part of its town limits within ten miles of the NH or VT border

Anyone considering joining New England K-9 Search & Rescue please read all these materials carefully and follow these steps:

  1. Read everything on the web site.
  2. Read each of these documents. 
    1. Time Investment doing K-9 SAR
    2. Startup Equipment Costs
    3. Search Pack (Minimum required)
  3. Purchase and read these books.
    1. SAR K-9 Book List

After reading all these materials and books, if you still feel this is a commitment you can afford and you have the flexibility to invest the time then your next step is to complete this application form. You may send this digitally to or print this out and mail to: P.O. BOX 407, Grantham, NH, 03753.

We also have important work for individuals willing to become part of our base radio operations team.  Click here to read the full description of the vital role our communications team plays at both searches and training. If you think you have the time, interest and some of the skills needed to help, email  for more details.