Today’s Philanthroper sounds like it might interest Juicers:
The Search Dog Foundation looks for a particular type of dog, one that would “surely be euthanized” because they’re so rambunctious. These candidates have a nonstop drive to play that compels them to dig up backyards and ransack houses. Even loving, active households can rarely satiate these pets.
But limitless energy and that certain compulsion is the perfect combination for a dog that will spend most of its life training for hours a day and that will be asked to climb over smoldering rubble to find a victim buried several stories down.
“It’s a rare combination of characteristics,” explains Development Director Janet Reineck. “But when they have it, they will save lives.”
The Search Dog Foundation scours a wide network of shelters for these dogs, brings them in for initial training and then deploys each animal with a lifelong human companion (generally a firefighter) who will serve as their handler for the rest of their life – a 13 or 14 year “labor of love.”
I assume that most of them are JRTs, but that’s just a guess.
(Philanthroper is a site that puts up a vetted charity every day and invites you to give one dollar to the cause.)