How to Activate the Team
OVSARDA will respond to requests for assistance from official agencies, such as police and fire departments. If you are interested in learning more about OVSARDA before an emergency arises, please contact us. We would be pleased to discuss our standard, capabilities and support requirements, and to arrange demonstrations.
OVSARDA can be activated via our 24 hour dispatch number:
THIS NUMBER SHOULD ONLY BE CALLED IN EMERGENCIES, WHEN AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE IS REQUIRED!
If requesting immediate support to a search, please have available as much information as possible relating to the nature of the search, to the type of terrain and the logistical support available on site.
Once called out, OVSARDA members will normally be en route to the search area within 20 minutes. Our members come from Ottawa and environs. Members going to a search will bring along a 24 hour bag, containing everything they need to be self-sufficient in the field for 24 hours. They will also have a 3 day kit, again containing everything the individual needs for 3 days.
OVSARDA is also equipped with 4 hand held radios, GPS and a boat for water search.
Have you lost your pet?
OVSARDA dogs are trained to detect and pursue human scent only. They are trained to ignore all animal scents at all times. As such, OVSARDA dog teams cannot assist you in your search for a missing pet.