PLEASE have a heart and help us complete our fundraising for a Search & Rescue Dog.
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Recent disasters in Paradise and Malibu highlight how critical search dogs are to saving lives. In times of disaster, man's best friend can lead to man's very survival. Please help fund these highly trained teams to quickly respond when disaster inevitably strikes again. You can save a life today.
The frequency of fires and flooding due to poor land use decisions means that Search and Rescue dogs are vitally needed more than ever to deploy immediately in local communities. Citizens United for Resources & the Environment, Inc.
and Partnership for Conservation
are helping to sponsor a rescue dog team, and will donate the proceeds raised to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation if we are able to reach our goal!More information about National Disaster Search Dog Foundation:
Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula, CA. Their mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by producing highly skilled Canine-Firefighter Disaster Search Teams to search for victims of natural disasters and terrorist attacks. SDF recruits rescued dogs, gives them ongoing professional training, and partners them with firefighters and other first responders at no cost to their departments. The Foundation (SDF) has a four star charity rating and has effectively deployed teams throughout the world. Please give generously so that more rescue dogs are available when your community faces disaster. What happens after training?
As the dogs near the end of their training, their future handlers are also involved in an intensive training course. At the end of the course, SDF trainers partner each dog with a handler, making certain they are a perfect match and that there is real chemistry between them. The handlers continue to train with their new canine partners. The dog lives and works with the firefighter, and they train together daily to reach Certification. Once Certified, this highly trained team can be deployed to disasters anywhere in the nation.What is the current demand for SDF-trained dogs?
There is a severe shortage of Certified Canine Disaster Search Teams in the U.S. It is estimated that 450 teams are needed to adequately respond to disasters. There is only about half this number in active service, and experienced teams are retiring every year. The demand for SDF’s services is high as fire departments look to the only organization in the country that provides highly trained canines and an ongoing training program with full support and oversight.Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us.