Date:4 September 2017
Rocket the rescue dog is on the job to make sure nobody is left behind after Hurricane Harvey.
By Megan Friedman
Rocket the Border Collie Mix is on the scene in Texas to help rescue people affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. But it wasn’t long ago that little Rocket was nearly euthanised—because he had too much energy, CBS New York reports.
In 2012, Rocket was in an SPCA shelter in Sacramento, California, and was considered unadaptable because of his unpredictable energy, so he was put on a euthanasia list. He even initially failed a test to become a search and rescue dog. But Andrea Bergquist, who volunteers with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, saw something special in him and adopted him. He aced the search-dog test the following year.
Rocket the search and rescue dog:
Now he’s working with the Windsor Fire Protection District and a handler, Mike Stornetta; he even has FEMA certification. First, he helped out after a plane crash in California, and now he’s heading to Texas to help rescue people stranded by the floods in Texas. Rocket’s specialty is finding live victims during disasters, and that skill is needed desperately right now. He’s one of 14 search dogs heading to Texas, and he’s trained to find people who are trapped and make sure nobody is left behind.
Rocket’s energy makes him perfect for the job
According to the Sacramento Bee, Rocket’s excessive energy actually makes him a perfect search dog, since he’ll need to be using his keen sense of smell to find people who are trapped and may not be immediately visible. A good candidate “[has] that instinct to want to do jobs, that … like to play with toys and solve problems,” Dawn Foster, a spokesperson for the Sacramento SPCA told the newspaper.
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation posted about Rocket on Facebook. “I’m so glad that Mike and Rocket are able to respond to those in need (in Texas)! It is truly amazing to see how far Rocket has come,” Bergquist, wrote in the post. “I’m overwhelmed to think of all of the people and time and effort that has gone into a stray dog that no one wanted. This is what it’s all about!”
From: PM USA