US search and rescue dogs to deploy to Haiti

Posted By elaine on January 14, 2010

        
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Shari Richardson and Annie are headed to Haiti.

The Haitian government has requested help from the U.S. since the devastating earthquake Tuesday.    Now some ofthe most elite search and rescue teams in the country are preparing to deploy.  Of course a lot of search and rescue dogs will be part of the deployment. 

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Dave Staddard and Rowdy of the Sacramento Fire Dept. are Haiti bound.

That means the National Search Dog Foundation is now in action mode.   “Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Haiti, and we’re honored to be able to help find survivors of this terrible tragedy,” SDF’s Executive Director Debra Tosch said.  “This is the day that our teams have trained for; when the unthinkable happens, SDF Teams stand ready to respond, bringing hope and comfort to victims and their loved ones.”

Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation was created to strengthen disaster response by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. The group offers the professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments.. and ensure lifetime care for every dog in our program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again.

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Bill Monahan and Hunter with the L.A. County Fire Dept. will deploy

There are currently more than 70 SDF-trained Search Teams located in California, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, and Texas.  So far 14 dog/handler teams have been tapped to deploy to Haiti.  The National Search Dog Foundation is a non-profit that runs solely on donations, so donating to the will help the people in Haiti!

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