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 do train canines to aid in search and rescue, but not all members have canines. We also have flankers, man-trackers, mapping specialists, and UAV imagery.

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. Mapping and Compass Class

    March 26 @ 12:00 - 17:00
  2. Dog Training – Sylvan Rodriguez

    March 28 @ 17:30 - 19:30
  3. FUNSAR – Written Test

    March 31 @ 05:00 - 21:00
  4. SARTech II

    April 1 @ 08:00 - 17:00

Upcoming Seminars:

The 2016 Alpha Search and Recovery Fall Canine Seminar will be hosted in Huntsville, Texas on November 3rd through the 6th. Registration for the seminar for handlers and canines starts at $150. Click for more details

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!

Pasha Human Remains Detection Canine in Training with Alpha Search and Recovery


Human Remains Detection
In training for human remains detection.
Human Remains Detection Canine Merlin


Human Remains Detection
In training for human remains detection.
Human Remains Detection Canine Maverick


Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified cadaver dog.
Trailing Canine Havok


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


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