National Search Dog Foundation

The terrible aftermath of 9/11 brought with it the nationwide understanding that we Americans can face disaster at any time. With that awareness, it is comforting to know that there is an organization like the National Search Dog Foundation (SDF), founded by Wilma Melville, a grandmother with four grown sons, dedicated to training the nation’s most highly skilled search dogs.

The organization rescues dogs that have come from abusive situations, and puts the dogs through a rigorous retraining program for search and rescue. They ensure lifetime care for every dog in the program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again. The primary mission of the foundation is to strengthen disaster response in America by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters, to leave no one behind.

I had the opportunity to interview the founder of the National Search Dog Foundation on Monday, February 3, 2014. If you didn’t catch it, you can listen to the podcast which is available now on iTunes!

All of us at The Maria Sanchez Show, support the incredible effort of this dedicated organization. It costs SDF $10,000 to recruit, care for, and train each dog, partner it with a firefighter-handler, and provide ongoing training to the team. SDF provides these dogs at no cost to agencies.

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