Albuquerque shelter dog selected for search and rescue training | KOB 4

Albuquerque shelter dog selected for search and rescue training

Brittany Costello
December 06, 2018 06:55 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A shelter dog is proving to be extremely talented.


Sarah Wharton, the behavior manager at the Albuquerque Animal Shelter, said she noticed something special about Baxter.

"When I saw how focused he was on the toy, regardless of what else was going on around him, you know, I knew he might be a candidate for being a search and rescue job,” Wharton said.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, which is based in California, recruits dogs from shelters, so they can be professionally trained.

Eventually, the trained dogs will partner with first responders and help them find people who are trapped after a disaster.

After creating videos of Baxter, the organization contacted Wharton.

“They got back to me right away. They're really a great organization, really responsive,” Wharton said. “They know what they're looking for and once they saw the initial video they saw that he definitely showed promise.”

Baxter was selected and will leave Albuquerque for life-saving opportunities next Friday.

“We like to think that every pet in this shelter has the ability to be a hero for somebody, even if it’s in a smaller way than Baxter is,” Wharton said.


Brittany Costello

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