Abandoned Dog Helps Save 12 Lives

A black lab named Pearl was left at an animal shelter and later adopted by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. There she was trained and certified as a search dog. After being trained she joined the LA County Fire Department’s Task Force 2. In July 2010 she was deployed to Haiti for two weeks spending hours each day searching for earthquake victims. Search teams there dug through concrete rubble, dirt, and other debris to find people who were trapped but still alive. Pearl was part of a search group that found twelve people and saved them.

For her efforts, she was awarded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Dog of the Year Award for 2010.

Their Cat of the Year, Henry, was a stray kitten found on the property of Cathy Conheim in California. One of his legs was damaged to the point where it had to be amputated. When he had recovered from the surgery Conheim began writing children’s books about him to raise awareness for tolerance. These works have been distributed to 45,000 people. Some of the recipients are Hurricane Katrina survivors and families of wounded veterans. One of the books has been translated for use in a children’s amputee project in Haiti.

The ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year award went to Olivia Bouler who is creating original watercolor drawings of birds for people who donate to the Audubon Society for protecting birds and wildlife in their natural habitats. She was inspired to contribute to bird protection after the Gulf Oil disaster caused so much harm to birds. The award is named in honor of Tommy P. Monahan who died in a house fire trying to save his pet.

Another of their annual awards went to a sanctuary for abused, neglected or abandoned horses in Woodbine, Maryland. Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc. expanded from an 18 acre to 58 acre facility for horse care. They can accommodate 50-70 horses at a time in need of care. Kathleen Schwartz-Howe founded the horse sanctuary after seeing neglect at a local horse stable.

The ASPCA just published a list of all their winners. To read about more about the ASPCA Humane Awards go to their press release.

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New G.
W. C6 years ago

Love stories like this one, thank you.

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M6 years ago

A beautiful story showing the intrinsic value of every living creature. Pearl, a big, black dog (usually the the first to be put down and last to be adopted) demonstrating that a dog valued little by our society, when given a second chance, accomplished great things benefiting humans and becoming a hero; to little "damaged" Henry, who was the inspiration for a book who benefited a variety of needy & deserving people, offering hope; to little Olivia drawing birds to benefit the Gulf disaster; and finally, rescue of neglected horses. From the young, small, damaged, outcast...yes, we all have a purpose. Wonderful.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan6 years ago

Right on, It is all about the doggies. I do think they are smarter than humans. spell dog backwars you now have GOD. God knew doggies could handle it all

carlee trent
carlee trent6 years ago

wow,thanks be 2 god

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

carlee trent
carlee trent7 years ago

god has blessed him.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin7 years ago

If you ever want a dog, which I hope many of you do, first stop: the local dog shelter. Save a dog from the shelter and get everlasting love in return! These stories about rescued animals are so sweet to read about and I hope they also serve as examples of how abandoned dogs can save others. Thanks for posting!

Victoria M.
Past Member 7 years ago

some animals really enjoy 'working' and that is great for the dog and the people.

minkie amoroso
minkie amoroso7 years ago

Pearl is s aDOGable!!!! AND GOd bLSS HENRYS OWNER AND THE DAYS END FARM OWNERS, you really are wonderful!!!!!