Shelter Dog Graduates to Research Dog Helps Harvey Victims


Meet Rocket, a border collie mix who was placed on the euthanasia list  when he arrived at a Sacramento shelter back in 2012. Officials deemed  him too energetic and obsessive to be suitable for adoption. However,  Denise Sanders of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation knew that  energetic and obsessive behaviors were actually perfect qualities for  search-and-rescue dogs. So she trained Rocket until he became certified  to work in disaster zones and he now assists firefighters in Oakland.

This week, Rocket was flown out to Texas to aid first responders as they  look for survivors from the flooding. Sanders tells TheSacramento Bee that  Rocket will help "make sure nobody gets left behind"--which he is  capable of because of the energetic and obsessive behaviors that he was  almost put down for. "It never gets old," she says of seeing dogs like  Rocket shift from rescued to rescuer. "And we know there are many more  like Rocket out there just waiting to be found."

Source:  SF Gate



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