FUND RAISER – CAR WASH! October 10, 2015

Arizona STaR Members along with their PAWS of LIFE (the search and rescue dogs) are having a CAR WASH.   Bring all of your dirty cars down and have them washed by the Search Team Members for a Donation,  while you visit with the SAR Dogs.  Tell all your family, friends and acquaintances.

The Car Wash is at the Burger King at 6698 W. Peoria Avenue,  Glendale, AZ  95302  (NE Corner)

WHEN:  Saturday, October 10th, 2015

TIME:   8:00 am until 1 pm – later if cars are still pulling in for a wash.

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Arizona Search Track and Rescue featured in Japanese Missing 5 year old Documentary


Members of Arizona Search Track and Rescue travel to Japan to work the case of a Missing 5 year old Yuuki Onishi and search the area that she went missing from.  A documentary was filmed of them conducting this search which aired in Japan on June 12th.

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“We can do More in the first 24”

AZ STaR’s Family Resource Guide is now officially out!   If you have a friend or loved one that is missing our Family Resource Guide will assist you in getting through the process as well as knowing what steps to take.   Please feel free to download and share or request copies.



CONGRATULATIONS to the Winners of the raffle prizes and thank you to everyone that supported AZ STaR by purchasing raffle tickets or making donations.    Your generosity will help us to continue our mission of SAVING LIVES!

Diamondbacks Suite for 18 – Shannon Yates (ticket #0508)

Shooters World –

                  Family Membership – Sam Glickman (ticket #0132)

                  Single Membership – Jeff Sawner  (ticket #0515)

YETI Tundra 45 Cooler – Cale Zimmer (ticket #0522)

Samsung 32 LED TV – Aladreth Nelson (ticket #0349)

Vortex Diamondback Binoculars – Carie Pogue (ticket #0375)

YETI Baseball Hat – Carrie Stubblefield (ticket #0221)


Killer Women TV Series Airs

Pilot episode of the Killer Women TV Episode airs Tuesday, January 7th at 9:00 pm on ABC Channel 15.  Additional episodes air on subsequent Tuesdays at 9:00 pm on ABC Channel 15 (for Phoenix Valley Residents).  Poirot and Thor are in what we were told is Episode 6.  There have been quick clips of them on the previews of upcoming episodes.


Killer Women Preview “staring Poirot & Thor” Search Dogs with Arizona Search Track and Rescue, Inc.


Turkey Dinner Raffle

Please help AZ STaR by purchasing raffle tickets to win a Free Turkey Dinner with all of the Trimmings.

        Includes:    15# Turkey, 5# of Potatoes, 2 boxes stuffing mix, 2 cans of corn, 2 cans of green beans & 1 pkg of Dinner Rolls

Drawing will be held on November 21st.  Winner will be contacted by phone and will be posted on Website.

1 ticket = $1.00

6 tickets = $5.00


Crime Time Radio with Vito Colucci and AZ STaR Members, Kristi Smith & Kathleen Sylvester

Join us for Crime Time Radio with Vito Colucci and AZ STaR Members, Kristi Smith and Kathleen Sylvester originally aired on Sunday, October 6, 2013 on numerous radio stations locally, nationally and internationally.  Radio Interview with Vito Carlucci, Kristi Smith & Kathleen Sylvester

The AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) 2012

2012 ACE Honorees

The  American Kennel Club is proud to announce the Recipients and Honorable Mentions  for the 2012 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Established in  2000, ACE has become a valuable public-outreach program for the AKC as well as  a source of pride among the fancy and the dog community.

The recipient in each category (Exemplary  Companion, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Service,  and Therapy) will receive an engraved silver collar medallion and a  check for $1,000 at a presentation ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National  Championship in Orlando, Florida, on December 15, 2012.  Dogs earning honorable mention will be cited  and will receive bronze collar medallions.


Search and Rescue
Keahi – Belgian Tervuren,  handled by Kristi Smith of Peoria, AZ
Seven-year-old Keahi (key-ah-hee; Hawaiian for “fire”) is  from a line of high-achieving show and performance dogs. During her career with  Arizona Search Track and Rescue, Keahi has proved to be durable, versatile, and  uncannily accurate.
Certified in air-scent, avalanche, cadaver, evidence, and  human-remains searches, the in-demand Terv has answered the call in nine states  and Canada. She and Smith conduct approximately 43 searches a year, logging  between 91 and 126 work days a year—a strenuous pace for any search team.
Smith and Keahi have found lost children and wandering  seniors, led investigators to the bodies of murder victims and those who have  drowned (including one find 170 feet under water), and recovered key evidence  in criminal investigations.
Smith’s fellow K-9 handler Claudia Schmitz says, “When not  actively working the field on missions, Keahi goes out of her way to interact  with the searchers, family, investigators and anyone else on scene, helping  them feel better under quite often tragic situations.”
In 2008, Keahi gave birth to a litter of seven. Five of her  pups are now in the “family business” of advanced search work. Keahi and her  offspring are a credit to their breed and their breeding.
The following dogs received Honorable Mention:
Dino – All American owned by Jackie Phillips of San Leandro, CA
Heather – Bloodhound owned by Allen L. Means of Strasburg, PA
Kessa – German Shepherd Dog owned by Ann Christensen of Shelley, ID
Merit – Bloodhound owned by Terri Heck of New Cumberland, PA
Sam – German Shepherd Dog owned by Laurie Vickery of Wichita, KS


For More information follow the link:

12 Who Cares Award Winner

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Dear Kristi,

Congratulations!  Arizona Search Track and Rescue has been chosen as our 12 News 12 Who Care winner for December, 2013.

Thank you for submitting your nomination! It was great to read about the work your organization is doing to help search for missing loved ones.

As a 12 Who Care winner, your organization will receive:

    • A $1,200 donation for the work of your organization

    • Your organization will be featured on Arizona Midday, 12 News and

    • A :30 promotional spot based on the story and mission of your organization as well as volunteer information which will air on 12 News

    • Recognition ad in The Arizona Republic 2 times during the month you have been selected for

    • Your agency will be hosted at a luncheon at the 12 News Studios.

It’s always encouraging to read about community members striving to make a difference!

Thanks so much for being a part of the 12 Who Care program and for all the work you do to make our community a better place!

You will soon be contacted by one of our producers to schedule the next step.

All the best,

Nikki Sabetta

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