In recognition of Blog for Relief Day, My Sandmen have chosen to participate in this internet relief blog-a-thon for charitable donations on behalf of emergency services and victims in the wake of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. This event was organized by bloggers Glenn Reynolds and N.Z. Bear at The Truth Laid Bear in response to a brainstorm by Hugh Hewitt. If you blog and want to participate, do sign up.
Our chosen target for directed donations are the virtually unknown heroes of Canine Search & Rescue (K9 SAR). The dogs and handlers of K9 SAR dedicate considerable time and effort and often risk their lives to help victims in the most perilous of circumstances - mountain and wilderness rescue, avalanches, earthquakes, floods, tsunami's and even in the tragic aftermath of 9/11. No doubt they have been called again to service in Louisianna, Mississippi and Alabama to help the search for victims of this immense natural disaster. From The Canine Search and Rescue Tribute:
Over 250 canine search and rescue dogs worked around the clock at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon after the September 11th terrorist attacks. These heroes worked without the benefit of gas masks and protective clothing. They climbed and searched.
Some might ask, in this time of immense human tragedy for so many individuals and families, why have we chosen to direct our efforts on behalf of animals. Most of our fellow bloggers are directing their efforts toward an admirable collection of human relief organizations. We thought we could direct some small part of this effort in recognition of these amazing beings who offer their existence to the service of their benefactors without pay nor glory; often at the expense of their own lives.
Please, as you consider the distribution of your sympathies, extend those considerations to our best friends and their handlers.
Listed below, are a couple of good organizations:
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (NDSDF)
206 N. Signal St., Suite R
Ojai, CA 93023
Become a Handler
Become a Volunteer
Donate a Dog
American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA)
P.O. Box 151
Chester, New York 10918
(please make checks payable to ARDA)