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. AlphaSAR Christmas Party

    December 16 @ 17:00 - 23:00
  2. Dog Training – Sylvan Rodriguez

    December 19 @ 17:30 - 19:30

Upcoming Seminars:

The 2017 Alpha Search and Recovery Fall Canine Seminar will be hosted in Trinity, Texas on November 9th through the 12th. 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!

Human Remains Detection Canine Rocket


Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified cadaver dog.
Human Remains Detection Canine Chase


Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified cadaver dog.


Human Remains Detection
In training for human remains detection.
Trailing Canine Havok


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


In training for trailing.