ILLWIS

ILLWIS Search Dogs

Scent-Specific Trailing, Human Remains Detection & Water Recovery

ABOUT

ILLWIS has served law enforcement and fire departments since 1985.

Who We Are

Illinois-Wisconsin Search & Rescue Dogs (ILLWIS) is a search and rescue unit made up of highly trained volunteer dog handlers and support personnel.
We help find missing and lost persons utilizing scent-specific tracking/trailing dog teams and human remains detection dogs (on land and water).

Available 24/7

ILLWIS is a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation. We respond to local and federal law enforcement agencies, and fire departments.
We never charge for our services and are available 24/7. We are fully insured. Many of our teams have nationally recognized certifications from NAPWDA & LETS.

Experience & Professionalism

Our unit has been in existence since 1985 and has answered over 500 search call-outs for LE, Fire & EMS agencies in Illinois and Wisconsin.
In addition to regular unit and individual trainings, our handlers have an average over 1000 hours of instruction with nationally recognized trainers.

Emergency Dispatch for Law Enforcement/Fire:

815-338-2145 or 2143

Dispatch is courtesy of the McHenry County Sheriff. Please ask for us by name.

 

** If a family member is missing, please call your local police department and request our services or the services of another K9 Unit.**

We are sorry, but we can only respond to requests that come from Law Enforcement and Fire Departments.

SERVICES

 

SCENT-SPECIFIC TRAILING

HUMAN REMAINS DETECTION

WATER RECOVERY

Our dogs are trained to follow the scent of one individual. This can be done regardless of how many other people or cars have "contaminated" the area. In some conditions it can be done days later. It can be done during or after rain and snow.
We can help locate human remains, hidden graves, bones, blood evidence, and burned remains in post-arson situations. Our dogs can work off-lead in the presence of other dogs and people, enabling us to cover more ground, more quickly.
Our dogs work from boats and shore to help pinpoint the location of submerged bodies so they can be recovered by rescue divers. They can begin to detect the presence of a drowned victim  shortly after the incident.

In addition to unit certifications, most of our dogs are also certified by nationally recognized
law enforcement associations
, such as the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA)
and Law Enforcement Specialists (LETS)

DONATE

We rely on donations to help defray some our expenses. We never charge for our services.

501c3 Not-for-Profit

We are a registered 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, so your donation of funds, goods, or services may be tax deductible. Consult your accountant.

A Great Gift for Pet Lovers!

If you're looking for a great gift for a dog lover, or wish to memorialize a beloved pet, please consider a donation to our unit in their name. We will send the recipient a beautiful acknowledgment card featuring pictures of our dogs.
We accept credit card donations through Paypal by clicking on the Donate button.


Or you can send a check to:
ILLWIS Search Dogs
PO Box 96
Woodstock IL 60098

Emergency Dispatch for Law Enforcement/Fire:

815-338-2145 or 2143

Dispatch is courtesy of the McHenry County Sheriff. Please ask for us by name.

 

** If a family member is missing, please call your local police department and request our services or the services of another K9 Unit.**

We are sorry, but we can only respond to requests that come from Law Enforcement and Fire Departments.

GALLERY

CONTACT

For information about ILLWIS Search Dogs, please contact us through the methods listed below.

Emergency Dispatch for Law Enforcement/Fire:

815-338-2145 or 2143

Dispatch is courtesy of the McHenry County Sheriff. Please ask for us by name.

 

** If a family member is missing, please call your local police department and request our services or the services of another K9 Unit.**

We are sorry, but we can only respond to requests that come from Law Enforcement and Fire Departments.

Please use the form at left for general inquiries.

The number above is for Law Enforcement and Fire Department dispatch only.

 

CHILDRENS' PROGRAMS

ILLWIS is sometimes able to offer "Lost in the Woods" educational programs to libraries and youth groups.

 

Kids' Programs

DEMONSTRATIONS
If you are in a Law Enforcement or Fire Department, and would like our unit to give a short presentation or demonstration of capabilities, please click below.

 

 

 

Demonstrations

BECOMING A HANDLER

If you are interested in becoming a search dog handler, or would like more information on K9 SAR, click below.

New Members

DONATIONS

We rely on donations to help defray some our expenses. We never charge for our services. Click below to donate.

 

 

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