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Everyone who is involved in Search Dogs Buckinghamshire is an unpaid volunteer and we rely on support from the public to provide the services that we offer. If you are willing to help there are several ways that you can get involved.

Two key ways to get involved are to Join Us or financially Support Us (see below for details). Helping by hiding for our dogs during training, helping us with publicity, or being a “friend” of Search Dogs Bucks are examples of being involved if you don’t have a lot of time to commit.

Join Us

Time commitment: training weekly, some Sundays and in locations across the county of Buckinghamshire, and sometimes just across the borders.

Team members are also expected to support some of the various fund-raising and promotional events held throughout the year.

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Things you should bear in mind if you are considering joining us in any capacity:

  • You must be 18 or over and have your own transport available at all times.
  • You don’t have to be a dog owner but be prepared to be around dogs most of the time.
  • You are required to have a reasonable level of general fitness and be comfortable in all rural terrains, at any time of the day or night, in all weather conditions. You should be able to walk 5 miles in under two hours.
  • You will be required to pass a basic Police security check.
  • Members need to be almost 100% self-funding. Apart from core equipment and uniform, members need to fund their own outdoor clothing, walking boots, all travel costs etc.

Being involved in Search and Rescue can be demanding, but it can also be very rewarding knowing that you are part of a team that helps lost or vulnerable people and their loved ones.

Support Us

Like so many volunteer organisations we receive no government funding and are only able to continue our life saving work through the kind support of the public. All our members are volunteers and all our dogs are family pets belonging to their handlers.

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We rely entirely on donations and sponsorship to fund the equipment we require for both dogs and dog handlers. Typically we need funding for specialist training and items of equipment, including protective clothing, navigation and communications equipment and first aid items.

Search Dogs Bucks - Get Involved

There are lots of different ways to support us – you’d be surprised! Contact Us to find out more.