Western Montana Search Dogs
Gallatin Gateway, MT
WMSD is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing trained search dogs to requesting agencies. This group has specially trained dog/handler teams in various locations throughout Montana. WMSD teams are specially trained and certified in avalanche rescue, air-scenting, trailing/tracking, water recovery, article/evidence retrieval and human remains recovery. Volunteer dog handlers complete hours of special training in first aid, the use of maps and compass, GPS, radio communications, search procedures and avalanche safety. Typical searches include overdue hunters, drowning victims, snowmobilers or skiers caught in an avalanche, known body recovery in homicides or suicides and lost children. WMSD works in conjunction with many other special search and rescue resources including divers, foot searchers, searchers on horseback or in aircraft. All services are offered free of charge.