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Mar 26 2018

**Charity Announcement**

***ANNOUNCEMENT***

We are excited to announce our 2018 charity. It is The North Alabama Search Dog Association. They are an Amazing group of people doing great things in our area. They will be accepting monetary donations(cash or check) at their table in the lobby. Each donation will enter you to win a VIP Pass for 2019!!! 

The “Silence Auction” has so many great things to bid on too. All the proceeds will go to the group also!!

 

2018 Auction

 

The North Alabama Search Dog Association is an all-volunteer team that fields dogs for search and rescue missions. We specialize is using dogs to locate missing people such as hunters, children and Alzheimer patients. In the last 2 years, our dog teams have assisted in locating 2 Alzheimer Patients, a hunter and a hiker. We also perform human remains searches on land and water. Such land searches are necessary to support law enforcement with potential homicides and to locate missing people who have not been located over time. Water searches are often a key component of recovery after a person drowns as the dogs can narrow down the location of the deceased and aid in a quicker recovery for the family. As a team, we train nearly each week, making sure our dogs and handlers are capable of taking and maintaining national level certifications and reliably perform in search operations. We respond free of charge across the state of Alabama and also parts of Tennessee and Georgia.

We use donations in a variety of ways. We have regular funds we require, such as insurance and minimal equipment (replacements of radios etc). We highly recommend that our members attend outside training events to get a different perspective on their dogs and their training. As these events cost upwards of $350, we often apply for grants to help us decrease that cost to the handlers. If we have enough funds, we provide equipment to the team such as shirts, jackets, life jackets, radios, GPS and GPS dog collars. One of the particular items we are ‘saving’ for right now is a new boat for us to do water training. We have a small boat but it is very narrow and unstable, particularly with an active dog on the front working. We would like to minimally upgrade that boat to a slightly longer but wider version so that we can have more stability. We would also like to add a better motor than just a small electric motor.

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