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Causes: Education

Mission: To distinguish between multiple, concurrent pressures facing wildlife over a large geographic range. The Conservation Canines program addresses this need by combining the precision and efficiency of detection dogs to readily locate wildlife scat samples with the ability to extract a wide variety of genetic and physiological indicators from scat. These indicators provide information about species abundance, distribution, resource use, and physiological health all in relation to the environmental pressure(s) the species is encountering. Scat detection dogs are able to locate samples from multiple species simultaneously across large, remote areas and have a lower bias compared to traditional wildlife detection methods. No other method can acquire such a vast amount of reliable information in so short a time, making this approach incredibly valuable for conservation and management planners.

Results: We've trained our dogs to locate over 35 different species and we are just getting started!

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All the folks I've met that work for Conservation Canines are dedicated to making a difference in the world by way of example. They live a life of working hard, respecting the world around them, and loving & caring for both dogs & humans alike. Leading by example, their work extends beyond wildlife surveys, seeking to affect the world around them in a positive way. They seek to be the change they want to see in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've met the people and the dogs, both of which are hard working and loving. It's great that they make working dogs out of those who've run out of other options because of their high energy levels. The teams do great research in harsh conditions!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great group of people and dogs, amazing to watch as they work. It's really wonderful how much they can do to advance the research which aids in the preservation of our planet's wildlife, all with little or no interaction with the actual wildlife.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working alongside many of the remarkably dedicated canines and their handlers in the northern Appalachian Mountains and the Canadian Rockies is one of the most memorial experiences of my life. The excitement these dogs project while working in the field is matched only be their exceptionable ability. What better way to help the world's wildlife than a method that has so little interaction with the animals. This is one of the best homes in the world for any dog with a desire to play fetch and be active. My wife and I raised our yellow lab from 4 weeks old until he was almost 4 years old. When we decided he was too hyper to be around our new baby girl, there was no choice in our minds where he would be the happiest. I am immensely proud that my loving and wonderful dog has become a Conservation Canine.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only is the Conservation Canines team providing valuable insight for important research projects around the world, they have given shelter dogs new leases on life! The researchers associated with these projects work tirelessly to get the scat samples and reward the dogs as they do their work. The humans and dogs associated with the Conservation Canines rock!

Eric C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Based on environmental merit alone, Conservation Canines deserves recognition. That said, their use of dogs rescued from shelters adds more substance to an already worthwhile program. A great example of how we should work *with* nature for its benefit.

Judy28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of watching these handlers and dogs in action. They are all extremely professional. Nothing is more important to the handlers than the well being of the dogs. The dogs are extremely hardworking and happy. They have a wonderful place to live. The work they do is extremely important to our future.

Sue_15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The rewarding field research done by Conservation Canines is beneficial to wildlife and conservation. The program trains rescued dogs to do non-invasive research with great skill. The staff and dogs are dedicated and impressive in their work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen several demos of these dogs at work with their handlers. They obviously LOVE what they do, and work so hard to please - that is, to accomplish the tasks the team sets out to do. Because then they get to play! Of course, these are are not your average dogs; they are in top physical shape, at ideal weight, groomed meticulously, full of stamina. They are helping to gather vast amounts of data to help scientists learn how multiple factors are affecting wildlife in their natural habitat, without intruding on the wild animals themselves. And I love the fact they are placed in a loving, screened home at the end of their scat-detection career.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is really no limit to what these dogs can do. The research that comes from the work of dog and human is so amazing. It's wonderful to see these dogs get a second chance...especially when that chance brings so much to the community and the world at large!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anytime an animal can be rescued from the shelter is a great thing, but the things they train these dogs to do is truly amazing.