Thursday, May 23, 2013

Helping Those Who Help Others

We've all seen the tragic devastation in Moore, Oklahoma on the news this week, and we've all watched as so many search teams do what they do best - find and rescue survivors.  I'm always intrigued by the search dogs and their handlers who jump into action with a moment's notice in situations like this.  I've been following the efforts of The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation for quite a long time now and am always amazed by these resilient dogs and their loving handlers.

Dane Yaw & Salsa
SDF deployed 10 search teams to Moore, OK.  Please click this link and take a moment to watch Dane Yaw talk about Salsa in this great interview with CNN's Erin Burnett.  Dane tells us how Salsa's search efforts work and shares a very personal story of searching for his own niece.  This interview is truly a must-watch.

When I received the following press release from The Planet Dog Foundation, I knew I had to share it with my readers!  Thank you PDF for helping those who so selflessly help others...

Portland, ME (May 22 , 2013) - The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog's non-profit grant making organization, is proud to lend a paw to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma after the devastating tornado. PDF donated $1,000 to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) to help support their search dog teams that have been deployed to assist in the recovery efforts.

Salsa searching for survivors in Moore, OK
“The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) search dog teams are playing a major role in locating survivors and we are thankful we are able to donate funds to help support their lifesaving efforts,” says Kristen Smith, the Executive Director of the Planet Dog Foundation. “We couldn’t do it without the support from our customers whose purchases help raise money for PDF and enable us to provide grants to support the amazing ways service dogs are helping people in need,” adds Smith.

In 2012, PDF awarded a $10,000 grant to SDF to sponsor a new search dog team that is currently in training and based in Albany, New York. “The search dog team we fund will not be deployed to Oklahoma so we decided to award SDF an emergency grant to support the search dog teams that are assisting the recovery efforts,” says Smith.
The Planet Dog Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Planet Dog, the globally recognized designer and developer of innovative, high-quality and award-winning dog products that enhance the lifestyle people share with their canine companions. Planet Dog is proud to donate 2% of all purchases of Planet Dog products to PDF to provide cash and in-kind product donations to exemplary canine service programs nationwide.

PDF recently announced over $71,000 in new grants to 16 canine service organizations across the country including other search and rescue organizations. To learn more about PDF and all of the programs the non-profit supports, visit


Unknown said...

They do such a pawsome job and both dogs and handlers are so very brave. We salute them. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Sue said...

There's a Portie person here in Missouri who does S & R with her dogs. She described the training they go thru and it's amazing what those dogs can do.

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