Search Dog Heroes is a national initiative launched by Missing People, in partnership with Lowland Rescue, and supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery through Postcode Dream Trust.
The Search Dog Heroes project will deliver awareness to thousands of families nationally whose loved-ones are living with dementia, learning disabilities or mental health problems; all of which are linked with high risk disappearances, by delivering educational tools to advise on how to prevent disappearances and how to prepare for them. This includes how to capture a person’s scent and safely store it in case the worse happens, through a designed scent toolkit.
As part of the 2 year funded project, new search dogs and handlers will be trained and deployed, many of the dogs being 'trailing' dogs who are able to follow an individual scent, drastically reduce search areas and quickly find a missing person. The project will ensure an improved national response to high risk missing persons by working with agencies involved in responding to a disappearance to work better together to improve referral process, response rates and awareness.