A dog picked up as a stray in Mobile will soon be working with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF). "Red" was in the care of Mobile’s Animal Services staff earlier this year before being transferred to the "Save a Stray" program.

An SDF canine recruiter had been fostering Red when he realized the dog had an insatiable desire to play with every toy he found. Curious, the recruiter decided to take Red out to a rubble pile to see how he would do hunting for the toy. Before long, Red was traversing the rubble like a pro and having a blast doing it.

To put those skills to use, Red has officially joined the team at SDF, which uses dogs to search for survivors after natural disasters.

This dog someone had abandoned can do heroic work after the proper support, love and care.

After being saved by Mobile’s Animal Services team, Red will work with a team of dogs and humans who save lives across the country. Plenty of other amazing dogs at the City of Mobile shelter could use help writing their own happy endings.

To learn more about all of the animals in the care of Mobile’s Animal Services team, visit  www.animalservicesmobile.com.

Many communities in Alabama have a similar program for stray pets.

“Rescued is my favorite breed. You can't buy love, but you can rescue it.  Money can buy a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” 

Jim ‘Zig’ Zeigler’s beat is the colorful and positive about Alabama. He writes about Alabama people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths. He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at ZeiglerElderCare@yahoo.com.

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