The Nose Knows How To Save Lives!
It’s been a RUFF month for the Southern United States, Mexico, and Caribbean Islands. Recent hurricanes and earthquakes have left millions of people struggling and caused significant damage. As folks ban together to help those affected by these disasters, they’re also joined by a special group of dogs.
Dogs trained in search and rescue are a valuable part in tracking and locating missing people after disasters. Dogs can smell 100,000 times better than humans and can even scent things up to 40 feet underground. By following human scent, these dogs find lost or trapped people and alert their handlers.
Why use dogs over something else or a man-made machine?
“If you can’t find people, you can’t rescue them. No technology can match a dog’s speed and accuracy in finding people trapped in the wreckage of a disaster, thanks to its:
- Remarkable sense of smell and ability to ignore all other scents and noises – even tempting traces of food or other animals or people involved in the search
- Unparalleled ability to quickly and safely navigate unstable and slippery terrain -a 4-wheel drive on paws!
- Ability to negotiate dangerous surfaces while keeping absolutely focused on the job at hand: saving a life
- Ability to work off-leash and get to places humans cannot safely access” — National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Dogs can be trained to search for people in many types of situations including:
- Urban Tracking
- Natural Disasters
It takes a lot of time, dedication, and training for these special dogs and their handlers to be ready to aid search and rescue teams when disaster strikes. These hero dogs help find the lost and missing and save lives.
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