The Mid-South Search & Rescue Dog Association (MSSARDA), a North Mississippi-based non-profit organization, is proud to welcome into membership Jennifer Cast of Bartlett, TN, and her canine-in-training, Willow, a nine-month-old German shepherd.
Cast recently completed a week-long training and evaluation program at the Public Safety Training Facility at Meridian, MS, and earned certification at the SARTECH II level. The class, certified by the National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR), is designed to prepare wilderness responders at the operational level, to assist in searches for lost and missing persons.
Essential skills assessed in the certification included clue consciousness, tracking, field navigation, and map and compass proficiency.
She is currently pursuing training with Willow, her 9-month-old German shepherd, to achieve certification as a Mantrailing K9 team.
To learn more, or to volunteer to assist MSSARDA as a helper at local field training opportunities, visit our About Us section page or contact Training Director Judy Otto at 662-252-1004.