Bay Area Recovery Canines (BARC) is a volunteer canine search and recovery organization dedicated to providing agencies with with highly trained canines and handlers to assist in the recovery of missing persons.


Alley: October 1998 - August 2008

On August 29th, 2008 Alley lost her battle with cancer.  Before she passed, she was nominated by another handler for the American Kennel Club Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) 2008 with an Honorable Mention for her Search & Rescue service.

The Land of Pure Gold Foundation dedicated a page to Alley after awarding her a treatment grant to help with her medical bills. 

Ego Alley was born in October 1998 and at 7 weeks old, she was picked to be my next SAR dog. She had a rough start in life with some orthopedic issues. Most thought she should not work, including me. I tried making her a pet but she refused to just be a pet so I decided she should be allowed to work as long as she was able to and willing to. She had so much personality and so much drive—her whole being is about being happy to work. Luckily her talent was equal with her desire. With Alley, I didn’t train her—I merely LET her work. She was the driving force behind her career. Nothing stopped this little happy dog! She worked without giving any thought to anything else happening around her. She worked even without being given a command because finding sources was part of her core being. She was unbelievable to watch. Searching was what she was born to do. There is a talent and driving force I have never seen in any other SAR dog (I’ve been doing this for 19 years and have trained 5 of my own SAR dogs, plus helped hundreds of others)! I can¹t help but think at this point, that this special dog came into my household to do what she has done for our community and for our nation when they needed her skills and determination.

Her career has been amazing. We needed her and she was there for us at the Pentagon after 9-11. She was sent to Texas by FEMA to help in the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery efforts. She worked the devastation in Bay St. Louis, MS after Hurricane Katrina. Alley has worked countless other searches in numerous states looking for those who are missing. She's found a child deeply buried for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She's found several drownings in rivers and lakes as well as others missing in different situations. Alley has even worked with archeologists proving dogs can find historical and pre-historical remains. I am in awe at her talent and desire to find.  She was put here for a reason, and I believe that she fulfilled it. This was this dog¹s calling in life—to serve our nation, our communities, and those families missing loved ones.