Shelter Dog Scheduled To Die Because He Was Too Energetic Now Saving Lives After Hurricane Harvey
He was a shelter dog who was scheduled to die.
Now that same energy and his incredible spirit are helping to save lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
The Sacramento Bee reports that five years ago, “Rocket,” was sitting in a California shelter deemed, “too energetic” to be adopted. He was labeled to be euthanized.
Not so fast.
Some dedicated shelter workers knew that highly energetic dogs make for great rescue dogs.
In 2012, they recommended Rocket as a search dog.
Happy ending, yes?
Not so fast.
Rocket failed the test to become a search dog.
Not happy ending, right?
Again, not so fast.
The Bee continues the story.
How the volunteer who tested Rocket couldn’t get this pup out of her mind. So, she and her husband adopted him.
They started taking him out on expeditions with another search dog and working with him quite a bit.
The next year, 2013, Rocket passed his search and rescue test!
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation says Rocket was paired with Michael Stornetta, an engineer with the Windsor Fire District in Sonoma County. In February 2015, after extensive training, Rocket and Stornetta were certified to work in disaster zones with a FEMA task force.
Rocket and Stornetta are one of 14 search dog pairs trained through the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation aiding relief efforts in Texas as Hurricane Harvey displaces tens of thousands of people and floods the state.
Denise Sanders is a spokesperson for the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. She explains dogs like Rocket are taught to find live people buried beneath rubble or otherwise trapped in the wake of a disaster. When floodwaters recede in Texas, she said, Rocket will help responders “make sure nobody gets left behind” as they walk through neighborhoods devastated by the storm.
“Those dogs with their noses can cover ground much more quickly than humans can,” Sanders said.
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