Second Major Quake in Nepal
SDF Search Teams Redeployed
The death toll is rising again in Nepal in the wake of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the country at 12:35pm Tuesday, local time, causing more widespread damage. The 12 Canine Disaster Search Teams deployed by the U.S. for the first earthquake in Nepal were preparing to come home a few days ago, but due to logistical issues were still in Nepal. Now they’re now back in full deployment mode, their highly-trained dogs searching the rubble for survivors. Six of the dogs on “Team USA” in Nepal were trained by the Search Dog Foundation, and deployed by the U.S. as part of Los Angeles Task Force 2. Four of these dogs were recruited from shelters - they are rescued dogs…turned rescuer.
Our Mission: Strengthening Disaster Response in America
Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. Our 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.
We offer the professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments. And we ensure lifetime care for every dog in our 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.
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