Support Group

The K-9 Search and Rescue Support Group is committed to providing supplemental financial support and veterinary care for our teams while promoting public awareness of their integral role in our communities.

In June of 1999, the Shreveport Fire Department K-9 Search and Rescue Task Force made a call to several local veterinary clinics, requesting assistance with the care of their new dogs. Eventually, a call was placed to Towne South Animal Hospital. From this conversation a long lasting friendship and partnership was formed.

After several meetings, the Canine Search and Rescue Support Group, Inc. was formed.

The group was chartered as a 501© 3 non-profit organization under the direction of Kathryn McFadden, DVM. They also started a membership drive to involve the public and performed several fundraising events. They eventually started a drive for sponsors and funding through grants and donations.

The group has funded state of the art search and rescue equipment for our teams, as well as several training seminars. Personal protective equipment, otherwise not available to the teams, was also purchased.

Dr. McFadden and her group have taken a personal interest in the care of the canines on this team, and done so with great sacrifice to herself and the clinic.

To make donations to our team or learn how you can become involved in our Canine Search and Rescue Support Group, please visit the Towne South web site at

*NOTE: All donated funds are tax-deductible and go directly to our 501 (c)(3) non-profit K9 Search and Rescue Support Group based at Towne South Animal Hospital in Shreveport. No funds are dispersed to the Shreveport Fire Department or Towne South Animal Hospital.