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Hero Rescue Dogs Need Your Help

By: Alex Lieber

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By whatever name You are called, please hear our prayer for those who today are searching the rubble for the victims of the terrorists.

The above quotation is the beginning of a prayer spoken on behalf of search-and-rescue teams, the dogs and their human handlers who struggle among the rubble to save life or find a body. The work is grim; it will only grow more so over time.

The more than 300 dogs involved are said to be so dedicated they have to be pulled from the wreckage to provide them with necessary rest, food and veterinary care. They must walk over jagged remains of the towers and ignore the overwhelming amount of dust and soot that resulted from the attacks.

The rescue dogs and their handlers are in desperate need of your help to continue their efforts. All sorts of supplies, many of which are listed below, are needed, along with any donations that can be sent. The dogs, for instance, are wearing through booties at an amazing rate. These booties are necessary to protect the dogs' sensitive paws from the rubble-strewn ground. Presently, burlap wrapped around paws and legs are being pressed into service, slowing the progress of the search.

To contribute booties, please clearly identify the packages as RESCUE DOG SUPPLIES and send them to:

New York City Offices
c/o Search and Response
Chambers St., New York, NY 10007.


Other items that are urgently needed include:

  • Booties should range from medium-size to large
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Electrolyte solutions
  • Duct tape
  • Pet Tabs® (Dog vitamins)
  • High quality complete dog food
  • Disposable bowls for food and water
  • K9 eye and ear wash
  • K9 first-aid and bandage supplies

    Cash donations should be sent to either address below:

    National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
    PMB # 245323
    East Matilija St. #110
    Ojai, CA 93023-2740
    1-888-646-1242
    www.ndsdf.org

    NDSDF
    c/o Ojai Valley Bank
    P.O. Box 999
    Ojai, CA 93024
    Ojai Valley Bank: 805-646-0111

    Your prayers are also needed, for the search teams, the casualties, their families and for the United States in this time of crisis. Please forward the following prayer used for the search and rescue teams to friends and relatives:

    Oh Most High,

    By whatever name You are called, please hear our prayer for those who today are searching the rubble for the victims of the terrorists. Grant strength to the searchers, both human and canine, so that their resolve does not weaken and their determination does not flag. Guide their hands, heads, hearts and paws as they sift through the debris in the wake of evil. Help them to understand how much we value their dedication and sacrifice. May the work of the dogs and their human partners meet with success.

    Amen

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