Who We Are

Great Plains Search and Rescue K9s, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit ground search and rescue (SAR) team that utilizes K9s in a search capacity. We are known as GPSK9s. All deployable team members are certified to meet state and federal standards, through national organizations. GPSK9s members are required to have extensive Incident Command Systems training. GPSK9s is a highly disciplined organization of volunteers.

What We Do

  • Search and Rescue
  • K9 Search and Recovery
    • Air Scent K9s
    • Trailing K9s
    • Disaster K9s
    • Human Remains Detection (HRD) K9s and Water HRD K9s
  • Incident Command
  • First Aid

THERE IS NEVER A CHARGE FOR OUR SERVICES

How Are We Deployed

GPSK9s deploy ONLY at the request of federal, state, county, and local law enforcement. When deployed, we operate using the Incident Command System. We do not perform criminal law enforcement duties and will act as needed only in a support role for law enforcement, answering directly to them.

How We Are Trained

GPSK9s units are available and ready 24/7/365. We are continually training and furthering our education with seminars, having nationally accredited SAR personnel brought in-house. The team is mentored by Ben Alexander, Former Executive Director Centex SAR, former Branch Director TEXSAR.


AIR SCENT K9s


The air scent K9 is the type most frequently encountered. This K9 finds lost people by picking up traces of human scent that are drifting in the air and looks for the “cone” of scent where it is most concentrated.

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TRAILING K9s


The trailing K9 is often referred to as a “tracking” K9, although “tracking and “trailing” are not the same to the purist. The trailing K9 is directed to find a specific person by following minute particles of human tissue or skin cells cast off by the person as he or she travels.

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DISASTER K9s


A disaster K9 is trained to find human scent in very unnatural environments, including collapsed structures and areas affected by tornadoes, earthquakes, and other disasters.

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HUMAN REMAINS DETECTION K9s (Land & Water)


The human remains detection K9 reacts to the scent of a human decomposition. The K9 is trained for above ground and buried HRD searches.

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