Episode two, “Shelter Me: Let’s Go Home,” will launch in Los Angeles and is hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress and shelter animal advocate Jane Lynch. This episode explores the inspiring stories of shelter dogs transformed into rescuers with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Ventura, California. Their mission 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.
They offer the professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments. In addition, they ensure lifetime care for every dog in the program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again.
There are currently 72 SDF-trained Search Teams located in California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Thanks to Mutual Aid Agreements between counties, cities and states, these precious, life-saving resources can be shared regionally and nationally to make sure that when disaster strikes, no one is left behind.
To learn more, please visit the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation website.
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