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What we do

OVSARDA is a search and rescue dog association in Ottawa Valley

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Meet the OVSARDA team, including our dogs, our handlers and our supporters

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Ottawa Valley Search and Rescue Dog Association (OVSARDA)


OVSARDA is a volunteer organization, whose primary reason for being is to provide highly trained and certified search dogs and handlers to official agencies upon request. We are committed to the missing person and will assist in any way possible to bring that person home safely.

Based in the National Capital Region, OVSARDA has attended searches on both the Quebec and the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. Gatineau Park, with its hectares of land and many kilometers of trails, is a frequent search site. OVSARDA also has conducted water searches in several of the thousand lakes that dot Eastern Ontario's landscape.

For more information regarding the Ottawa Valley Search and Rescue Dog Association, please contact the Team Manager.

What We Do
Our Searches


Edelweiss, QC: November 1998

Two experienced woodsmen had gone out to survey a large piece of property, but had not returned as scheduled in the evening. Alerted at 6 a.m. by SAR Global 1 (a Wakefield volunteer SAR team), OVSARDA deployed two search dog teams to the scene.

Both teams were initially assigned to do a hasty search/sign cut from the victims' parked car. Approximately 30 minutes after starting the task, one dog indicated a track that her handler pursued.

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Rather give us a call? We can be reached at 613-667-9948.


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