About Alpha SAR

Alpha SAR Team Members at the AlphaCon2014 Seminar

Alpha SAR is a Search and Rescue team based in Houston, TX serving the greater Houston, Galveston, and surrounding areas in the search for missing persons. All members of Alpha SAR are 100% volunteers and are highly trained and certified by local and national agencies. We train canines, flankers, ground searchers, man-trackers, mapping specialists, and UAV imagery to aid in search and rescue efforts.

Alpha Search and Recovery has members that are certified National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) instructors and lead evaluators to teach classes and host official NASAR certifications.

Trailing Canine Phoenix after a training session

Our Objectives


To provide trained, highly qualified, volunteer search and rescue personnel at the request of authorized emergency agencies


To provide coordinated use of both highly trained searchers, canines, and untrained volunteers during an incident


To provide training and certification opportunities for the volunteers with and without canines in the field of search and rescue


To provide outreach opportunities to the community to learn about search and rescue

Upcoming Trainings:

  1. Dog Training – Rustic Oaks

    February 20 @ 17:30 - 19:30
  2. Team Training – 100 Acre Park

    February 24 @ 08:00 - 12:00
  3. Dog Training – Randolph

    February 27 @ 17:30 - 19:30
  4. Team Training – 57 Acre Park

    March 3 @ 08:00 - 12:00
  5. Dog Training – Nassau Bay

    March 6 @ 17:30 - 19:30

Upcoming Seminars:

Meet some of the Alpha SAR Canines

Here's a few of the Alpha SAR Canines. Click here to meet the rest of the team!


Human Remains Detection
In training for Human Remains Detection.
Human Remains Detection Canine Merlin


Human Remains Detection
In training for human remains detection.
Judith in her Search Vest


Area Search
National certified for area search detection.
Trailing Canine Phoenix


Trailing (retired)
Retired trailing dog. Acts as an ambassador at events.
Trailing Canine Havok


Trailing & Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified trailing and cadaver dog.