April 26th, 2016
From Rescued to Rescuer
Search Dog Foundation Honors Greenhill Humane Society for transfer of rescue dog.
Eugene, OR: Fritz, a black lab mix, was found as a stray in December of 2014 and brought to First Avenue Shelter, run by Greenhill Humane Society. No owner came to claim him, and so he was transferred to the Greenhill Humane Society for adoption. There, Greenhill’s kennel manager saw in Fritz focus, intelligence, drive, and curiosity – all characteristics of a great search and rescue dog.
The humane society had previously worked with Kirsten Fulk, of Field of Dreams Kennel, who is a canine recruiter for the Search Dog Foundation. Fulk took Fritz in to determine if he had what it takes to be a search and rescue dog. “He passed his evaluation with flying colors,” says Fulk. Fritz began his training at the Search Dog Foundation’s National Training Center in Santa Paula, California, and hasn’t looked back since!
Last month, Fritz officially went from rescued to rescuer – he is now a FEMA-certified Search Dog with the San Francisco Fire Department.
The Search Dog Foundation will be honoring Greenhill Humane Society and 1st Avenue Shelter for their transfer of Fritz with a plaque with his image and an inscription honoring his certification.