Who is MARK9?
MARK9 is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Search and Rescue team based in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. MARK9 uses highly trained dogs and handlers to locate missing people across the region at the request of governmental agencies. MARK9 provides free Search and Rescue services to city, county, state, and national agencies across Dallas/Forth Worth and surrounding the region.
MARK9 was founded in 1995 in the wake of the Oklahoma City Bombing. The OKC tragedy showed the need for well trained and readily available Search and Rescue dogs ready to serve the community.
MARK9 was founded to ensure that properly trained K9 teams would always be available when their community needed them. In the last 25 years MARK9 has responded to several hundred searches and has returned numerous missing individuals back home to their families.
All of MARK9's members are unpaid volunteers who dedicate their own money and time in service to their community. MARK9 trains approximately 50 weeks per year, and its members train in locations across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Each member drives thousands of miles per year, while also spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars of their own money in order to serve their community. MARK9's members come from all walks of life such as retirees, ex-military members, business professionals, teachers, nurses, firefighters, and business owners. Regardless of professional careers, MARK9 team members are united by a desire to serve our local communities and a love of the working dog.
MARK9 Search and Rescue provides FREE services to Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue, Parks and Wildlife and other official agencies of any size that require the use of highly skilled K9s and handlers to locate missing people. The team motto is "Always Ready, Ever Able" so the team is available 24/7/365.
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