Founded in 1987, originally as North Catron County Search and Rescue, CATSAR was formed by several local residents to fill the need for a team of volunteers to assist on New Mexico State Police SAR missions in the Catron County area. Since that time, CATSAR has grown from a handful of concerned citizens into a team of dedicated volunteers who receive training at monthly meetings and annual statewide seminars. Members respond 24 hrs and in all weather conditions, not only in NMSP District 11 (Catron, Socorro, and Sierra Counties), but throughout New Mexico if needed. In 2007, CATSAR became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
As an all-volunteer group, CATSAR members not only donate their time, and depending up the availability of donated funds, also pay for personal gear and some travel costs. We receive no money from the state or county and are dependent on fundraising events and donations throughout the year to meet expenses; your financial contribution will help us defray costs and is tax-deductible.