Forest Field K9 Search & Rescue


Shawn Cisney & K9 Yaz

K9 Team in Training


Area Search

Tracking & Trailing

Rapid Response

Live Find



Building Structures

About Us


Dedicated K9 Handlers



Forest Field K9 Search & Rescue, Inc.

Cell 216-496-6867 

P.O. Box 350

Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 

We are available for demos and presentations to administrative staff who handle search emergencies.  We are a charitable, educational and literary 501(c)3.

We will respond to local, state and federal law enforcement’s 

requests for assistance to search for missing & lost persons.

In the event of a missing person, please contain the location of the Point Last Seen (PLS). Use judgment of a lost person’s behavior based on their age, physical condition and knowledge of the area to determine and contain the outer limits of the search area.  If possible, provide information such as a photo of the individual and description of clothing and other articles being carried or discarded. Topographical and aerial maps of the area are 

extremely helpful if available.  


Shawn Cisney & K9 Yaz

K9 team in training.  Visit often to view updates on the progress of our first K9 team, Shawn Cisney and K9 Yaz, a one year old female German Shepherd Dog.  Training in Geauga, Portage & Trumbull Counties.


Our Mission

  • To provide certified, professional, and rapid response K9 Search Teams directly into the hands of Northern Ohio Law Enforcement and Emergency Service Agencies. 

  • To behave both with wisdom and as an “admirable servant” consistent with the ethics of a Search & Rescue professional and in harmony with the National Association of Search & Rescue mission.

  • To strive to recruit and assist members to meet the standards of national organizations.

  • To help train and equip dog and handler teams to respond to searches for missing or lost persons in wilderness, rural or urban areas for live find only.

  • To focus on education to prevent individuals from becoming lost or missing.




 All humans, alive or dead, constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. Millions of these are airborne and are carried by the wind for considerable distances. The air scenting SAR dog is trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific search area.  The dog is not restricted to the missing person's track and can search long after the track is obliterated. Many air scenting search dogs are also trained  in trailing/scent discrimination. 

While specific training methods and operating procedures may vary from unit to unit, the basic concept of searching with air scenting dogs is quite uniform (based on the pioneering work of Bill Syrotuck).

Such uniformity enables SAR-responsible agencies to know what to expect when they request search dogs, and to know how to best deploy them in the field. It also enables teams from different units to work together on large-scale searches.

excerpts from: National Association of Search and Rescue's (NASAR) 

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 The air scenting SAR dog is trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific search area.   

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