Bus 52 Presents: Dogs Finding Dogs
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Published on Dec 10, 2012
For animal lovers the country over, the thought of losing a beloved pet does not bear thinking about. When a pet does go missing, people are often unsure of how they can find them. This is exactly why Anne Wills founded Dogs Finding Dogs based in Baltimore to help people through the process.
"It all first started with the purchase of my canine, Heidi, as a puppy," says Wills. "She was very high drive, out of control, needed training. My boyfriend at the time was a police officer. He said 'I'll tell you where to go train, let's go where they do auxiliary training.'"
After training Heidi to an extremely high standard and entering her into contests, Wills discovered that Heidi was an excellent scent tracking dog.
She knew that the police frequently received calls about lost pets, asking if the canine teams could help track the missing animals. As Wills knew, however, the police "do not let their dogs track anything other than human scent."
This meant that Heidi was "the next best choice" and after being called out many times over a period of a few months, Wills says she thought, "okay, this is fun, my dog's got training, we're helping people, let's do it for real."
After gathering some friends who also owned trained dogs and advertising a little, Wills found herself so swamped by calls for help from pet owners that "within 6 months, I had to quit my full-time job and form this as a non-profit."
Wills describes Dogs Finding Dogs as "a nonprofit that does canine search and rescue for missing pets. We find anything and everything that walks on the ground using highly trained canines."
Though it is quite a jump to go from doing the work part-time to creating a fully fledged donation-based nonprofit. Wills explains that the motivation came from the people she was helping.
"When you get into a situation of losing a lost pet, you're so frantic that you can't think. You don't know all of the alerts that can be done, the way you need to spread the word, even to how to begin to look for your pet. So seeing how well we were helping folks and how appreciative they were, that was what made us decide to get serious and really form a huge organization that could do this all the time."
Since forming as an organization in 2008, they have rescued over 4000 pets, which having been called to find more than just missing dogs after they'd expanded, have included cats, horses, tortoises, and even people.
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