National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Canines Part of Largest Post 9/11 Activation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Aug 31, 2005, 01:00 ET from National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

    OJAI, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- While the devastating effects of
 Katrina continue to mount and the estimated death toll climbs, the heroic
 canine disaster search teams, trained by the National Disaster Search Dog
 Foundation, are once again being called to national duty.
     Not since 9/11 have so many urban search and rescue canines be activated
 to one disaster to do what they do best -- find the survivors -- who may be
 trapped in the houses, mobile homes and other structures destroyed by Katrina.
     Of the 18 Urban Search and Rescue task forces deployed within the last 24
 hours, by FEMA, seven were already in the area before the hurricane hit.
 NDSDF trained search teams canines from Ohio and Florida have been at work
 since yesterday in the Gulf States.
     Of the activated FEMA teams, NDSDF has trained 26 canines -- providing
 them at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies
 throughout the country.  Most NDSDF dogs in service are recruited from
 shelters and breed rescue groups -- going from rescued to rescuer.
     Each US&R task force is comprised of a team of first responders trained to
 perform rescue operations after major disasters.  A key component of that team
 is the search and rescue dog.  Typically, the dogs will "clear" an area to
 make sure no one has been left alive in the debris.  Their remarkable sense of
 smell and unparalleled ability to safely navigate dangerous terrain, faster
 and more safely than any other "tool" in the first responder's toolbox, make
 search dogs an invaluable asset to the search and rescue efforts.
     Many of these heroic canines were in service at both 9/11 disaster sites,
 as well as have served valiantly in many local and regional disasters since
 then -- including the 2004 hurricanes that ravaged South Florida, the Los
 Angeles Train Derailment and the La Conchita and Laguna Mudslides.
 
     ABOUT NATIONAL DISASTER SEARCH DOG FOUNDATION
     National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose
 mission to produce the most highly trained canine disaster search teams in the
 nation.  The Foundation is responsible for training over 25% of all of the
 Advanced FEMA canine search teams in the United States and provided 33% of the
 teams deployed on September 11, 2001 to the World Trade Center.  Website:
 www.SearchDogFoundation.org or call 1-888-4K9-HERO.
 
 

SOURCE National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
    OJAI, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- While the devastating effects of
 Katrina continue to mount and the estimated death toll climbs, the heroic
 canine disaster search teams, trained by the National Disaster Search Dog
 Foundation, are once again being called to national duty.
     Not since 9/11 have so many urban search and rescue canines be activated
 to one disaster to do what they do best -- find the survivors -- who may be
 trapped in the houses, mobile homes and other structures destroyed by Katrina.
     Of the 18 Urban Search and Rescue task forces deployed within the last 24
 hours, by FEMA, seven were already in the area before the hurricane hit.
 NDSDF trained search teams canines from Ohio and Florida have been at work
 since yesterday in the Gulf States.
     Of the activated FEMA teams, NDSDF has trained 26 canines -- providing
 them at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies
 throughout the country.  Most NDSDF dogs in service are recruited from
 shelters and breed rescue groups -- going from rescued to rescuer.
     Each US&R task force is comprised of a team of first responders trained to
 perform rescue operations after major disasters.  A key component of that team
 is the search and rescue dog.  Typically, the dogs will "clear" an area to
 make sure no one has been left alive in the debris.  Their remarkable sense of
 smell and unparalleled ability to safely navigate dangerous terrain, faster
 and more safely than any other "tool" in the first responder's toolbox, make
 search dogs an invaluable asset to the search and rescue efforts.
     Many of these heroic canines were in service at both 9/11 disaster sites,
 as well as have served valiantly in many local and regional disasters since
 then -- including the 2004 hurricanes that ravaged South Florida, the Los
 Angeles Train Derailment and the La Conchita and Laguna Mudslides.
 
     ABOUT NATIONAL DISASTER SEARCH DOG FOUNDATION
     National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose
 mission to produce the most highly trained canine disaster search teams in the
 nation.  The Foundation is responsible for training over 25% of all of the
 Advanced FEMA canine search teams in the United States and provided 33% of the
 teams deployed on September 11, 2001 to the World Trade Center.  Website:
 www.SearchDogFoundation.org or call 1-888-4K9-HERO.
 
 SOURCE  National Disaster Search Dog Foundation