Maria Goodavage | Jan 17th 2010
As of this weekend, canine disaster search teams were still finding people trapped alive in rubble from Haiti’s devastating earthquake.
The latest: Hunter, a US border collie, located three girls under four feet of broken concrete — in what was once a four-story building — several days after the 7.0 quake destroyed Port-au-Prince. Rescue teams were able to bring them to safety.
“This moment is what (search dog) teams train for — week in and week out — throughout their careers together,” says Wilma Melville, founder of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
The video above shows how these incredible canines prepare for disasters. What’s particularly touching is that many of them are rescues themselves; They were saved from shelters where they would likely have been euthanized because of their “high spirited” nature. The dogs have found their calling in rescue work.
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