When a dog needs a job, our staff gets to work!

Clackamas County Dog Services employee Kourtney Kuiper and Buddy at the Hillsboro airport just before Buddy’s flight to California.

Just like humans, dogs have many different personalities and needs. When owners are not found for lost or stray dogs that are brought to our dog shelter, the dogs are assessed for their medical needs and behavioral issues so that we can care for them appropriately and place them into new homes or moving them to shelters that will be most suitable. serve their needs.

In September, Buddy was brought to the shelter as a stray. During the required detention period, Buddy was quick to let staff know that he was no ordinary Labrador. He needed to use his nose, run and be challenged daily or he would get bored, stressed and frustrated. The staff recognized that with his personality, motivation and behavioral needs, he would not be satisfied with a typical pet. Buddy needed structure to keep his brain engaged, his nose active, and his body moving all the time.

When staff member Kourtney Kuiper recognized what Buddy needed to be a happy dog, she requested that he train with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in California. The foundation rescues and trains dogs to partner with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried or trapped in the rubble of disasters.

After preliminary video evaluations of his behavior, the foundation decided Buddy had potential. He was flown to California by a network of volunteer pilots organized by the foundation for further evaluation and training. Buddy passed all the tests and was accepted into the search and rescue dog training program.

Now Buddy is living his best life learning how to help save lives! We are grateful for the care our dedicated staff give to every dog ​​that comes to our shelter, as well as this foundation and all the rescues we partner with to set these dogs up for success and keep our communities healthy and healthy. safe.

Learn more about what Dog Services does. Learn more about the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.

The black lab jumps to catch the ball

Buddy plays fetch at the Clackamas County Dog Services shelter.

Buddy is loaded onto a plane in a kennel

Dog Services staff help transport Buddy for the first half of his flight to California.

Black lab and pilot outside small plane

Pilot Mike flew Buddy during the second half of his trip to California for evaluation and training through the non-profit Pilots and Paws network.

Buddy at the new training center

A National Disaster Search Dog Foundation staff member welcomes Buddy to California at the training center.