The Arkansas Alliance of Bloodhound Search Specialists (AABSS) is an all-volunteer organization formed in 2005. We are a 501(c)3 public charity as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. The members are concerned citizens from a variety of occupations who are dedicated to helping save lives. They share a love of dogs, are willing to complete extensive training, and conduct searches day or night in all weather conditions.

The mission of AABSS is to form an organized method for K-9 handlers around the state & surrounding areas to share resources, educate communities and agencies on the K-9 search team and outdoor safety, and to offer comprehensive training services to K-9 handlers & agencies around the country.

AABSS also provides a unit of qualified professional K-9 teams to assist requesting agencies in searches for missing persons. Alliance team members and canines are required to completed extensive training and evaluation before they become operational. Standards for training and performance are constantly being reviewed and upgraded when necessary. Individuals in the alliance must be proficient in land navigation, basic radio communications, and first aid for both humans and canines. Members receive wilderness survival instruction and are abreast of current search strategies.

As a 501(c)3 organization, AABSS strives to keep its operating costs to a minimum. All of our members cover the cost of their own personal gear, transportation, and training expenses. We are proud to provide all of our services at no cost to anyone in need. All of the funding for the organization’s operations, educational programs, and training is obtained solely through fundraising and charitable donations. Donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to donate to support our mission goals, please contact us.

AABSS actively participates in the communities of our members by providing educational programs for youth & civic groups. These programs focus on outdoor safety. The presentations will cover what to do if you become separated from the rest of your group and ways to help keep you safe while participating in outdoor activities.

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