Dogs to the Rescue
Search and rescue dogs are the “first responders” of the canine world. These brave and talented dogs work with law enforcement and rescue teams to assist humans during challenging times. With their great sense of smell and sight, they perform many important search jobs in the community.
Here are a few examples:
- Finding missing people
- Locating people trapped in debris after natural disasters
- Water search or recovery
- Drug Detection
Search and rescue dogs provide an invaluable service to societies around the world. Their sacrifice and hard work make rescue missions possible. We are thankful for canine heroes!
According to the American Kennel Club, “a service dog is a dog specifically trained to perform work for a person with a disability.” A disability is considered a physical or mental ailment that significantly impairs a person’s ability to function in society.
A service animal assists an individual when they’re unable to do a task or activity on their own. A guide dog, for instance, is trained to lead their visually impaired handler around obstacles.
Another great example of a service animal would be a mobility dog. These amazing canines are a brace for people who suffer from balance or strength issues. They also help retrieve out-of-reach items.
Psychiatric service dogs also serve a large group of people who live with mental illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. They help reduce stress by interrupting behaviors or alerting their owner of an oncoming panic attack.
All in all, service dogs perform important jobs every single day. Their service helps improve the livelihood of over 80 million people in the U.S., and millions more around the world.