* Missing persons
* Natural disasters
* Building collapses
* Recovery of evidence
* Cadaver searches
* Drowning victims
* Public relation events
* Search management support
Mason-Dixon Rescue Dogs serves northern Maryland , southern Pennsylvania , and Delaware . Our first due area is Harford County , Cecil County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Carroll County. In addition to our first due area, we have responded to searches in Greene County (PA), Caroline County, New Castle County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, York County, Garrett County, Dorcester County, Talbot County, and Queen Anne's County. Additionally, we responded to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
When someone is reported lost or overdue Mason Dixon Rescue Dogs (MDRD) is
available to provide highly trained Air Scent K-9 teams to the responsible
agency on a 24 hour basis. MDRD is a volunteer search and rescue unit that
trains canine teams for many situations.
MDRD is a member of the American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA), a National organization that provides external testing standards to our unit (click here for a summary of our standards). ARDA was formed in 1972 in Washington State and New Jersey. Since that time units have been added in 14 states and provinces. All ARDA units are required to pass a full unit evaluation every three years by outside evaluators. At this time the units' search management skills, base camp operations, and K-9 teams are evaluated against the national standards. The outside evaluation is unique to ARDA and exists to insure that the search teams that are provided have passed the most rigorous and exacting standards. This evaluation guarantees that any ARDA team called to a search scene will be able to respond in uniform in a consistent fashion. For more information on ARDA, please visit their website at www.ardainc.org.
Additionally, MDRD is available for public relations events and demonstrations.