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Massachusetts Rescue and Recovery K9 Unit

PRESIDENT:   Paul J. Morris
SECRETARY:   Gail McCarthy
TREASURER:   Kay McDonald


Gail McCarthy   Airscent Training Director
  HRD Training Director
Kay McDonald   Canine Training Director
Paul J. Morris   Ground SAR Training Director

MARK9 Members are listed below. Please click on each Member's name to learn more about that Member and to see photos of their dogs.  Other photos can be seen at the MARK9 Photo Gallery.

Debora Ash Probationary Associate
Kim Bainbridge MARK9
Katherine Balzano Probationary
Kathryn Barrows MARK9
Sheila Buckley MARK9
Heather A. Colantuoni Probationary
Matt Hesek MARK9
Jackie Jacobs MARK9
Ida Lyons Geering MARK9
Gail McCarthy MARK9 1
Kay McDonald MARK9
Janet Merrill MARK9
Paul J. Morris MARK9
Karen Nesbitt Associate
Karen Ogden MARK9 2
Ronald D. Ruggiero MARK9
Scott Vadeboncoeur MARK9
Rita Viegas MARK9 Supporting
Janet Walsh MARK9

Responding to people in distress has long been an honorable, charitable tradition. MARK9 consists of a dedicated team of professional volunteers who carry on this tradition by donating thousands of hours to train their dogs for the sole purpose of helping others in times of need. All members are required to have a minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR. Many members have additional training, such as EMTs and Paramedics. All of our dogs are owned by their handlers and all costs incurred during training and responding on missions is the sole responsibility of the handler.

If you are interested in sponsoring our team, please see the "How You Can Help" Page.

For membership opportunities, contact:  Paul J. Morris at mole@morris.net

  • We, the members of MARK9, commit to provide high quality emergency response and to excellence in our performance at all times.
  • We , the members of MARK9, commit to "working for the victim" through an organized and professional search and rescue canine training and response program.
  • We, the members of MARK9, maintain excellence by constantly evaluating and improving the performance of our dogs and our ability to respond to emergency situations.
  • We, the members of MARK9, accept responsibility for and hold each other accountable for achieving this mission.
  • Our heart is in our service.



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