About Us

Services We Provide
SSAR provides highly skilled personnel and their search dogs that are available at any time through the Sarasota County 911 System. Personnel and K-9’s alike undergo rigorous training to ensure the best possible outcome for any mission.

Our History
In 1996, Patricia Abrams and her husband Joe, founded a search team called, Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue Team, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida.  This team was built on the premise of finding the lost, educating the community on safety, and working professionally side by side with all agencies to provide a successful outcome to all missions. The team has earned the respect and accountability from the state of Florida with many award accommodations.

Tribute to SSAR Founders

In 1996, Patricia & Joseph Abrams, founded Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue Team.  With little more than a dream to save a life, a few dollars in the bank, a small pickup, two puppies they adopted and with the assistance of a few other people (that shared their dream), they started this organization. Out of their own personal family tragedy, they have a longing desire to succeed in their quest to provide this special service to the community. They both have worked countless hours and sacrificed so much to ensure its continued success.

This team was built on the premise of finding the lost, educating the community on safety, and working professionally side by side with all agencies to provide a successful outcome to all missions.

In everyone’s life comes a time when we must make choices to continue endeavors or move onto other aspects of our lives. Pat & Joe made a choice to move on and have retired from the organization. For years, they have prepared this team so that it will continue to thrive even with their departure.

Sarasota K9 Search & Rescue will continue that dream and provide the services so that “those that are lost can be found”.