"Mounted SAR is a unique way for me to continue serving after my military service and use my riding and dog handling skills."
- Melissa Schmalhorst, STMSAR Founder, Veteran Military Working Dog Handler/Trainer
South Texas SAR is a 501c3 non-profit that consist of Veterans and Supporters with certified mounted search and rescue horses and detection canines. Though we are based in South Texas our mission is to look for people lost or missing nationally and internationally (K9) with law enforcement, forensics and Search and Rescue organizations.
All horses were evaluated and certified by former mounted patrolman, Rick Wagner for Mounted SAR Tech III. Rick also provides units with strong and impact-resistant face shields to protect the horse's eyes and nasal bones. Not only are these reliable protection for mounted police horses but it also protects our horse's eyes when we are searching through tall mesquite and cactus in South Texas.
STMSAR works alongside Remote Wildlands Search & Recovery and Israel Dog Unit. If you are in need of a mounted resource or K9 for your unit, please contact us.
As professionals, we are responsible for attending monthly meetings and training sessions as well as maintaining required certifications. As volunteers, the basic equipment is supplied by each member, and we donate our time, money and fuel.
STMSAR is officially based south of San Antonio, Texas and we hold about half of our meetings at the SK Bullnettle Arena. The rest of our meetings are held regionally via teleconference because we have members all over.
Check out one of our Hero Dog's in Israel
We rely on fundraising efforts, our sponsors and donations from the public to pay for our training, purchase specialized equipment and provide travel reimbursement (when possible) for searches and training sessions. All donations are tax-deductible. https://paypal.me/stmsar
We Are Proudly Sponsored By
To protect those who protected our families, communities, and our America.
To ensure the best quality of life for our nation’s retired Military Working Dogs and Police K-9 Heroes through providing assistance with medical costs, food, and end of duty services.
To ensure each K-9 Hero is rewarded with health and the way of life that they deserve for their faithful and loyal service. To educate the public on the costs and responsibilities of adopting a retired K-9 Hero. To help cover or offset all medical, food, and end of duty costs for retired K-9 Heroes.
Pictured is "Doc"; he came to us lethargic, underweight, horrible feet and coat, and a serious injury that resulted in joint infection. Our initial intake would be $4,500 so we decided to treat him at home on Equinety. 30 days later, the injury was completely healed and you can see the difference in his weight, coat, and weight. He also moved beautifully as a 17 year old. All our Search & Rescue horses are currently on the supplement.
We work closely with Save Korean Dogs and Willow's Wish to train and place Meat Trade Survivors. Occasionally we acquire a dog capable for Search & Rescue. Our Primary focus is to give these dogs a purpose in life to prove they are man's best friend, not their next meal. Check out our PROJECT HERO DOG page.