Our Mission, Value and Vision

Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue (SSAR) are a group of highly trained, highly motivated volunteers and K-9’s.  We are a 501© (3) non-profit, non–government organization based in beautiful Sarasota County Florida.  Founded in 1996 by Patricia and Joe Abrams, the team has earned the respect and recognition from the state of Florida and many Emergency Services, Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement agencies.

Our Mission is to strengthen and assist local, state and national first responders with a professional, well-organized, well trained team that has a strong bond to ensure the safest and most positive outcome to each and every mission.

By partnering with K-9’s to find lost individuals and by serving the community through educational programs we strive to make a difference in families’ lives. SSAR is dedicated to finding lost persons. Although, we understand the emotional importance of someone needing to find their “lost pet”, SSAR is not trained for that mission.

With tenacity we work so that no child or family has to suffer the pain of abduction and to return those “lost”, back home.


SSAR would like to again thank the Petco Foundation for their continued support of our mission. Their donation helps us to maintain the highest level of professional standards.