California Hires K-9s to Help Ease Budget Crunch

 I wish I could remember where I picked it up, but I have been reading a publication called Kind News, Jr. Edition.  It is a 4-page newspaper put out by the Humane Society Humane Society.org/Kids specifically for children.

 In the issue I have, it talks about a unique program developed by the California Department of Fish and Game.  Under current economic conditions, employees in all departments have been cut to the bone.  Due to the large amount of territory each remaining officer must cover, they have a hard time catching poachers who illegally take wildlife such as bears, trout, and elk.

 As part of the solution, the Department began training dogs to recognize the scent not only of the protected wildlife, but also of gunpowder.  The dogs they use?  Pooches from local shelters!  What a great way to reduce overcrowding at shelters while giving the dogs meaningful work and contributing to the state’s well-being.

 Because the state budget didn’t allow for the care of these K-9 employees, Fish and Game officers were paying for their partners’ vet care, food, and other expenses.  The HSUS stepped in with a grant to help out.

 Kudos to the California Department of Fish & Game and the HSUS for partnering to rescue shelter dogs as well as to protect the state’s wildlife.

 Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

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