Introducing Rescues 2the Rescue - Rescues 2the Rescue

Introducing Rescues 2the Rescue

As conservation detection dog practitioners, Working Dogs for Conservation (WDC) knows that our special canine partners are literally one in a thousand. Meanwhile, dogs that are “too much dog” for most may end up in shelters where it can be extremely hard to find them a capable home. If only those who need these rare “breeds” could more readily connect with those that are trying to find them a home. Enter: Rescues 2the Rescue. The name honors the journey of a dog, once in need of rescue himself, now engaged in the protection of some of the world’s most imperiled species and wild places. The implication is broad enough to expand to other types of detection dogs who are performing heroic feats like finding lost people, searching disaster areas, and keeping public spaces free from explosives.

Aside from its commitment to wildlife conservation, WDC aims to help domestic dogs find satisfying lives and homes doing something they love. But WDC needed help; we need to broaden the network of trainers who are searching for these types of dogs, and give shelters a way of advertising when these dogs arrive in their facilities, so that as many dogs as possible could find their way from shelter to the working homes that keep these special dogs stimulated and fulfilled.

To bring this extra elbow grease to the cause, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) joined us as project partners. As one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the world, and with an impressive track record of advocating for domestic and wild animals alike, IFAW will broaden the reach of Rescues 2the Rescue.

IFAW conducted a survey of the American public wherein 77% of respondents said they would look more favorably upon detection dog programs that used rescued dogs, over solely using breeder-sourced dogs. This is the third leg of the stool: trainers want these dogs, shelters need homes for them, and the public supports working with dogs who are in need of homes.

Please join us to build the Rescues 2the Rescue community. You can become a member of the site, and donate to the cause, and visit our FAQ page for other ways to help.

Thank you!

Aimee Hurt, co-founder and Director of Operations, Working Dogs for Conservation

Success stories

Wicket was a year old and had been at the shelter for six months. Her history was unknown. She had recently been spayed by a shelter “angel” hoping to make her more appealing for adoption. But not many people want a dog who constantly whines, barks, and literally bounces off the walls of her kennel. But…

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Photo credit: Kurt Wilson
Rescues2theRescue is a program created by
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Working Dogs for Conservation is a proud member of the
Best Friends No More Homeless Pet Network.