Peace River K9 Search And Rescue Association Inc
9326 Prospect Ave
Englewood FL 34224
Our mission is to save lives and bring closure to families who are missing loved ones. Over 1/2 a million people go missing each year in the U.S., and 1200 children a day! We assist local, state, military, federal and private agencies as well as families in the recovery of lost, missing and abducted persons in urban, wilderness, natural and man-made disasters, while proactively educating response agencies and the community about the capabilities of Search & Rescue. Through hard training and acquired expertise, Peace River K9 Search & Rescue strives to be a leader and preferred service provider to Law Enforcement and Emergency Management.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael James Hadsell
Board Chair Mr. Michael James Hadsell
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes Mar 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
501 c 3 LetterView
Other Documents
Thanks for Burgese recoveryView
Impact Statement

During 2017 alone, Peace River K9 Search and Rescue has been incredibly busy, and called to assist law enforcement and families in missing persons cases in Charlotte, Lee, Martin, Collier and Pasco Counties. We have assisted with evidence searches in a capital murder case. We have searched for multiple individuals, including a gentleman with Autism, and a woman with mental illness who ran from her home. Many of our cases are confidential, but we serve willingly and readily.

Our community outreach program has provided education and awareness to multiple groups, including the Girls Scouts of America, Charlotte County Citizens Emergency Response Team, Save Our Pets, and a multitude of other civic organizations.
As of 2014, we have been able to achieve the momentous goal of over 100 K9 teams Nationally Certified to serve their communities. In 2012, during Tropical Storm Debbie, a PRSAR K9 was able to track a mentally ill person through the flooded streets of Punta Gorda for a recovery. 
Our Autistic, Alzheimer's Recovery Team (AART) has been busy learning special tactics to recover these individuals rapidly.  The AART Team has also been attending community events to raise awareness of the dangers of drowning, wandering and the special situations that arise with these populations.
Peace River K9 Search and Rescue will continue to serve the community in any way that will promote and protect the safety of those who live and visit here. 
Needs Statement

This year PRSAR has exploded with opportunities and we find ourselves growing and in need of equipment that is a costly. With the formation of 3 new units to PRSAR (Mountain Bike Unit, The Drone Team, The Mounted SAR Team and Water Recovery Team) monies are greatly needed to keep them trained to a deployment level. Our most pressing need is a new Utility Vehicle known as a Side by Side. In the extreme heat and distance that some teams have to operate away from base camp, we need a vehicle owned and operated by PRSAR to handle emergencies in the field when either K9 or Human searcher goes down in the field. This vehicle will greatly speed up the recovery process! Also in the past years the summer time heat is getting dangerous! We are raising money for Rehab cooling chairs and pads to help searchers and K9 cool down faster after they have returned from their assignments.

Background Statement

Peace River K9 Search & Rescue was started in 2005 by Michael Hadsell. when Mr. Hadsell realized that there was a real gap in the way searchers were being trained as well as their K9 partners and what was happening in real searches. The rates of successful tracking dogs was less than 11%. PRSAR was formed to raise the training abilities for much higher success rates.

Today, Peace River K9 Search & Rescue has evolved into a highly functioning SAR unit. It offers not only excellent training at no cost to the participants but maintains a Deployment team of highly motivated volunteer professionals that will respond to lost person incidents when requested. Our success rate is very high!

Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments PRSAR is based in Charlotte County and serves South West Florida. We partner with Local Law Enforcement and Emergency Services in Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto, Lee, Hendry, Pasco, Citrus, Glades and Collier counties. We do respond to private citizen request when able.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Secondary Org Type Crime & Legal - Related
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Peace River K9 Search & Rescue Association was formed to not only serve its community but also to be an innovator in the Volunteer Search & Rescue community. Last year our volunteers had a combined total of over 12,000 training hours and 4000 volunteer hours on deployments. Needless to say it was a very busy year. All this success and growth brings with it the need for better training and equipment. This last year the heavy workload showed us where we needed to focus. Our fundraising this year is to help us get the newer equipment and training to not only keep us effective but also safe for our volunteers. Much needed is a better transportation system to get teams in and out of the search areas quicker and to get them cooled down and rehabilitated quicker so they can go back into service quicker. It is my sincere hope that you as a potential donor will see the great need we have and assist us so we man continue in our mission of serving those who have missing loved ones!
Description AART stands for Alzheimer Autistic Rapid Response Team. These volunteer SAR professionals are specifically trained to locate and assist with these special needs wanderers. They are trained in the strategies to recovery these loved ones quickly and safely. Their K9 Partners are trained to find and assist in the recovery. K9's must be specifically trained for this purpose since approaching and dealing with Autistic children can be challenging.
Budget $2,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success So far for 2014, the specialized training has gone well. Teams are trained in Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and sign language so they can communicate effectively with the different levels  of Autistic Children they encounter. Training also included the recognition of the different levels associated  Autism. All K9's have been exposed to these effected individuals and taught not to react to some of the behaviors (such as Melt downs, etc.) that may occur during a real search and recovery.
Long Term Success

The rate of growth of both Alzheimer's and Autistic children is astounding! While there are electronic devices that these people can wear they malfunction, or can be removed easily. Most Law Enforcement agencies are not yet trained nor equipped to handle this growing problem. Currently the CDC predicts that by the year 2020 the Autistic rate will be 1 in 10. Public services will be overwhelmed. It is the goal of this program to not only develop trained teams be also be ready to train others in Search & Rescue or Law Enforcement so they can be prepared to locate one of these special needs wanderers if ever needed.

Program Success Monitoring  The AART team is training regularly and being continually challenged through blind and double blind search exercises. Search strategies are adjusted as well as training protocols for the K9's as needed to get a higher percentage of recovery. Outside evaluators from around the country have been assisting and evaluating the training and deployment protocols.
Program Success Examples

On July 18th of 2014 the Peace Rivers AART team recovered a lost autistic girl named Brianna Newburn. This young lady had been lost for over 6 hours in the woods before PRSAR was called in. The AART team recovered in less than one hour.

Description This is a program started to teach responsible pet ownership and good K9 handling skills to youth and the value of serving the community. There is an introduction to Search and Rescue and cadets are taught self reliance through Wilderness First Aid, Land Navigation and general search strategies and how to be a leader. Cadets must maintain a grade point average of no lower than a 2.0 to be able to participate in the program.
Budget $1,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success This year we have instituted the GPA of 2.0 as a minimum for participating in the cadet program and the results have been great!
Long Term Success The program has been going to 2 years now. with many success. Our long term goal is to have 10 cadets a year complete the program.
Program Success Monitoring From the beginning when the Cadet is paired with a dog, we begin to train them weekly at least once a week The Teams progress is monitored by the Master Trainer and the cadet must keep a training log of their progress as well.
Program Success Examples Last year we graduated our first cadet with a National Certification in Trailing with her do Roscoe. She has stayed on the team and is now an assistant instructor with the team.
Description This is an experimental program exploring Drone Technologies and their application to Search & Rescue. This program has greatly expanded and is currently waiting for the FAA to grant a 333 /107 exemption so the program can be deployed.
Budget $3,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Aviation Safety
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Short Term Success Currently we have 3 functioning fixed wing drones used for aerial recon and mapping. A new quad copter has been added and we are working with different camera and live video feed set ups for better coverage.
Long Term Success

The ability to fly a drone out to check remote areas in a quick fashion will save lives. Florida is an area of water! Alzheimer's and Autistic are attracted to these areas because of their condition they do not process danger the way other do. The result has been known as the "wander drowning". With the additions of reliable and safely operated drones we can greatly increase the speed of recovery!

Program Success Monitoring When this program was presented we set up clear goals as to how the Drones would be used in the field and what capabilities would be needed. Although the auto pilot system is now working, it was quite the challenge. We now can send the drone out and receive live video feed when it is working over a targeted area. This is a first for search & rescue. 
Program Success Examples As of today we have 3 functioning drones and 1 rotor wing drone that are working well. When we deploy these aircraft we are getting both photography and live video feed from areas that have been targeted for possible lost person sites. It has proven to be very useful this year but we are still experimenting and pushing the limits to see what can be done with these machines.
Description This is a specialty unit that is training for the quick recovery of drowned victims. The K9's are taught to search for human odor under the water and working from a boat. The team is also trained on the use of Side looking Sonar for identification of the human remains.
Budget $4,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Current HRD K9 teams are passing their evaluations and national certifications.
Long Term Success Under Development
Program Success Monitoring Teams are certified by the North American Police Working Dog Association. (NAPWDA)
Program Success Examples Under Development
Description The purpose for a Mountain Bike Unit within PRSAR is to take advantage of those opportunities where a bicycles unique ability would enhance the search mission. The Mountain Bike team will assist and supports official PRSAR callout missions where rapid deployment for search and rescue services and initial medical assessments may be needed. The Mountain Bike team complements SAR operations by providing Type 1 hasty patrol searches, area reconnaissance, movable radio relay and rapid gear movement.

The Mountain Bike team is used when ground operations would be improved due to size of geographic area, population density in urban environments, and access may be restricted due to locked or blocked road access. The PRSAR Mountain Bike certified team assists in Public education programs when requested and gladly participates in appropriate fund raising events.

The Mountain Bike teams receives training in CPR, Human and K9 First Aid, NIMMS, ICS and are certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association when certifications are available
Budget $3,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Disaster Relief/Recovery
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled Families
Short Term Success

Under Development

Long Term Success

With a fully functioning mountain bike unit. PRSAR will have the capability to set up containment quickly for lost person recovery. The long delays in getting searchers and equipment to the out reaches of the search area will be a thing of the past!

Program Success Monitoring

Oversight of the PRSAR MBU is provided by the Board of Directors through the annual evaluation process.

Program Success Examples

The program is still new.

Program Comments by Organization

Peace River Search & Rescue was designed to change as the needs of the community we serve changes. Now with the rise of Alzheimer's and Autistic children the deployment strategy for Peace River SAR has to change as well. In 2016, the problem of Human Trafficking hit South West Florida hard. With this change, the AART team now works closely with FDLE CART and has Search Teams ready to respond the second an AMBER alert is issued. When a child goes missing seconds count and we are ready to respond!

In 2016, PRSAR was added to the FDLE CART (Child Abduction Response Team) resource list to respond to Missing or Abducted children. With this new tasking PRSAR has to maintain teams to be ready to deploy at a moments notice and to be provided at no cost to the requesting agency. 

With the usual call out time of 4 hours past the time the person goes missing, our statistical search area can be as large as 15 miles. This is why the Mountain Bike team and the Drone Project were started to help cover more ground quickly for a faster and safer recovery.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael James Hadsell
CEO Term Start Feb 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Mr Hadsell brings over 39 years of experience from the volunteer SAR community to head the PRSAR. He donates his time and talents to teach and train new volunteers for lost person recovery.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 27
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
We currently have no collaborations.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Over 1/2  million people go missing every year.  Nearly 1200 children go missing every day.  Search and Rescue is a vital component, providing first responders with trained, experienced individuals and resources to help.  Please enjoy our video showing what we do.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael James Hadsell
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Michael J Hadsell President
Mrs Debbie Maki Treasurer
Ms Julie Starbuck Vice President
Ms Jennifer Thompson Secretary
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 94
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose We have developed an Autism and Alzheimer's Rapid Response Team (AART) and are seeking funding to assist in printed identification cards for the families of these individuals, as well as training and specialized equipment for our AART Team Members.
Campaign Goal $6,000.00
Campaign Dates Apr 2015 to Dec 2020
Amount Raised To Date 1000 as of June 2018
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$8,283$0$0
Administration Expense$3,479$12,576$1,241
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.041.214.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%0%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$24,165$11,384$8,691
Current Assets$8,685$11,384$8,691
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$24,165$11,384$8,691
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $35,699Contributions & Membership Dues $15,269Contributions & Membership Dues $6,005
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Peace River K9 Search and Rescue Association has grown dramatically in the last 2 years and we need more training and materials. With added demands also comes the need for capital investment in equipment needed to fulfill our mission to the community we serve.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations prepared by a CPA, but are unaudited.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support.  Additionally, dues are commingled with contributions. Financial information for 2016 was taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.
Nonprofit Peace River K9 Search And Rescue Association Inc
Address 9326 Prospect Ave
Englewood, FL 34224
Phone 941 548-7560