Last fall you may have read an article about Pearl, the rescued black lab who was adopted from an animal shelter and then trained to work on search and rescue missions: Abandoned Dog Helps Save 12 Lives. She worked in Haiti sniffing for people buried in the rubble, and helped save a number of human lives. For her work she was given the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Dog of the Year Award for 2010. A children’s book was written about Pearl’s work in Haiti to raise money for training new search dogs. The book is called A New Job for Pearl, and has illustrations made by second graders.
Now she is going to go to work in Japan doing the same kind of search and rescue mission in the aftermath of the recent earthquake. You can see updates of what Pearl is doing on the Search Dog Foundation’s Facebook page.
The Search Dog Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to train dogs for search and rescue missions. Rescued dogs are used in their program and paired with firefighters. This combination often works very well when seeking injured or buried people after disasters like earthquakes or floods. If you don’t want to buy the book or make a donation, simply liking their Facebook is a free way to support their important work.
Sadly, so many animals in shelters who need adopting don’t get new homes because many people prefer to buy animals with pedigrees or from pet stores. It’s important to support organizations that help find homes for sheltered animals.
Image Credit: A New Job for Pearl