El Dorado County Search and Rescue Animal Technical Rescue

Through the gracious donations and grants received in this past year, EDSAR has begun to develop their very own Animal Technical Rescue Team. Through donations received by the Halter Fund and a grant received by the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, we have logged many hundreds of hours of training and received large amounts of equipment. We have been able to acquire Technical Large Animal Rescue Training, Fireline Safety Training, and All Hazards training to allow our team to work in situations beyond the normal scope of Search and Rescue. This year, our team was utilized to assist in the care of many animal evacuated during the Caldor Fire. Through our work with these animals, the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation awarded us a grant that has allowed the acquisition of a Stock Trailer, panels, pig boards, animal crates and technical rope equipment to assist in the future needs of our animal community. Through donations from our team members and the retirement of equipment from service for our technical rescue and swiftwater teams, we have ropes, personal floatation devices, and technical rescue gear ready for deployment. All of these items, accumulated in the past year, have not added to the budget of ESARC, but have greatly added to the value of our team and our commitment to meet the needs of our community.

Info about the Donors for this project

Halter Project: www.halterproject.org

The HALTER Project is a grass-roots program with a vision: To help animals in emergencies and disasters by supporting efforts of communities and agencies to train and prepare for a ready response to, and the care of, animals in everyday emergencies and large-scale disasters.

What we do:

Inspire animal owners and their communities to be prepared for emergencies and natural disasters.

  • Support training and development for Animal Technical Rescue and Disaster Response teams.

  • Provide education& information resources for the whole community, including senior and disabled residents, non-English speakers, and tourists.

  • Connect donors with nonprofit organizations who provide aid to animals is disasters in their communities.

About the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation

The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is a private charitable foundation based in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The Duffields are long-time benefactors of companion animal causes, education initiatives and veteran services, and are the founders of Maddie's Fund®, a leading animal welfare foundation dedicated to revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals. They honor the spirit of their dog Maddie in their philanthropy pursuits to thank her for her love and companionship.