Spike’s K9 Fund was founded in 2014, to provide active and retired working K9s the support, equipment, and post-retirement care they need and deserve.
The goal of our Spike’s School - SAR Edition program is to educate and improve communication between handler and K9 through top-notch training from exceptional and recognized trainers across the country. Quality training results in increased effectiveness in the workplace and safer handling, protecting everyone involved - and this is our goal.
Spike’s K9 Fund was founded by James Hatch, a retired member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and named after his first working K9 “Spike” who was killed in action in 2006. James was a K9 handler on multiple combat deployments. He and his team regularly relied on the K9’s to preserve their lives. On the night James was wounded in 2009, a K9 named “Remco” saved his life while losing his own. Now James is committed to preserving K9 lives in the same, dedicated way that the K9’s preserved human lives.
We will be teaming up with the Center for Forensic Training and Education (CFTE) to provide the best education possible. They provide innovative and customizable training and operational support to agencies and individuals regarding all aspects of the preparation and execution of search and recovery scenes. We will also be teaming up with Evan Nolte Cross, a Special Operations K9 Medic that will teach our Canine Casualty Care Course to ensure every handler can respond to emergency medical situations to the best of their ability.
This training will be 100% funded by our donors. We want to ensure everyone’s time is valued. Thank you in advance for your commitment to be better, thus making a difference in the K9 community and YOUR community.
WHEN: January 6th & 7th - Live Find & HRD FEMA/SUSAR Handlers
January 8th & 9th - Live Find & HRD Wilderness Handlers
WHAT: Improve your ability to search effectively and safely in a USAR environment
WHERE: Menlo Park Rescue Site, Home of FEMA California Task Force 3
This training is being held because we know SAR handlers will be called upon when “the big one” happens and we want to do everything we can to make sure the K9s and their humans are prepared for the dangerous tasks we ask them to do for us.
** If selected for one of the Spike’s School training spots and requirements are met - your registration could be completely covered! 🙌🏼