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BIRD – British International Rescue and Search Dogs

BIRD search and rescue dogs are an active voluntary organisation that has been based in North Wales for the past 20 years. Following a review of the Lockerbie disaster, it was realised that there was an increased need for specialised dogs for this and and possible future type’s of search. Initially four teams evolved:.  BIRD, Rapid UK, Canis and the fire service.

BIRD was then formed in 1995 by local men and women dog handlers who were keen and willing to train dogs for disaster work both nationally and internationallyThe dog section of our team has over the past 20 years prepared dogs to search for survivors and indirectly dead bodies (for return to loved ones) from such disasters as earthquakes, water, landslides, building collapses and explosions anywhere in the world. Read More

About Bird

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Established since  1992, find out a little about BIRD, who we are, were we came from and why we do what we do. Read More

Meet the Team

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We have a fantastic team of dedicated people who volunteer their time and energy to make a real difference! Read More

Meet our Dogs

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Manss best friend is a very true statement when it is used in reference to our wonderful Search Dogs, so talented. Read More


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