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Nonprofit Overview

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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kathy295

Client Served

Rating: 5

In northeastern Washington 1,400 K-12 rural underserved students at 11 schools played ball with the CK9s in 2016. After one demonstration a 6th grade girl told her teacher that she now didn't know what kind of scientist she wanted to be. The teacher shared that this is the kind of dilemma that she wants for her students. Scat detection rescued shelter dogs + kids+ real wildlife conservation projects in our backyard + science + GPS technology + career role models = Engaging our future stewards of earth & its critters! The CK9s present acton-filled participatory outreach programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Conservation Canines is made up of a small, but hardworking and dedicated staff. I had the opportunity to volunteer for a short time and found that the everyone was very friendly and extremely hardworking. All the dogs were well cared for and excellent at their job. Conservation Canines does a fantastic job at providing biologists with a great way of conducting all kinds of wildlife surveys and giving amazing dogs a much needed job.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Conservation Canines provide an invaluable service to field biologists such as myself. In my experience their use of highly-trained dogs to locate the scat of multiple species at once (with increased accuracy and speed compared with past projects of mine using people alone) ultimately made the project much more economical. The staff were extremely skilled and professional and the dogs were a joy to work with. Their use of rescue dogs makes this program even more worthy of support and I would highly recommend their services to other scientists.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Conservation Canines! They provide necessary environmental services, and do it well. I look forward to seeing th continue to do an amazing job.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit. Passionate staff and volunteers. Adorable well-trained dogs. Important work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Conservation Canines provides a much needed service of non-invasive wildlife sampling. Not only are they helping endangered wildlife across the globe, but they are saving some incredible dogs along the way. On top of all that, they share their journey with kids who may not have been exposed to the outdoors and conservation work very much. The hard work they do is truly making a difference in this world. Keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As conservation biologist, I have always been passionate about protecting wildlife and minimizing human impacts on study species. As a volunteer with Conservation Canines I was able to aid in projects that fulfilled both of these goals all the while working with hard-to-home rescue dogs.

By using high-drive detection dogs to locate scat and other samples, long after a target species has left the area, these folks are able to contribute amazing amounts of detailed data to further the conservation of threatened and endangered species. Currently they are even working to create a genetic map of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammal, to help put a stop to poaching and trade!

As if this weren’t enough Conservation Canines also works hard to provided education outreach to rural schools to expose children to conservation career choices and to broaden their views on protecting the world around them. The layers of great work seem to go on and on! The incredibly passionate people that help with this program, and the dogs, deserve all of the best support and Greatest NonProfit status!

1 Cathy137

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered Conservation Canines through my company Walkapocket LLC. Walkapocket donates back to organizations that rescue dogs and that led me to learning all about the incredible work at Conservation Canines. They were so responsive to Walkapocket, so friendly, as supportive of Walkapocket as they are supportive of their work. I cannot get enough of CC and reading about their endeavors. Thank you Conservation Canines for your devotion to your dogs and to your work!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a professional wildlife biologist and always concerned about the impacts of human activities on wildlife and the environment. But, I think we forget the impacts we biologists cause during our studies! I'm also a volunteer at my local dog and cat rescue and believe every dog deserves a chance.

CK9 is the best of all worlds. They are doing critical research while using non-invasive methods while ALSO rescuing hard-to-home dogs. I mean, does it get better than that? It's win-win-WIN. Saving dogs' lives, saving wildlife, doing sound science. I just can't say enough about how awesome this organization is and how everyone should strive for the triple win they've achieved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 7 years of experience in wildlife ecology, one of the biggest problems I see with the way research is conventionally done is the impact scientists themselves have on the wildlife they are trying to conserve. When I found Conservation Canines, I was amazed at their commitment to non-invasive research techniques that produce even better data than more traditional methods. I had the pleasure of volunteering two years in a row, seeing the dogs in action and even doing a little training myself. The dogs consistently blew me away with their skills, even straight out of the shelter almost instantly catching on (with the help of experienced trainers, of course). Not only does Conservation Canines save the dogs themselves, but the dogs help save a huge variety of wildlife species with better, more efficient and less invasive data collection than mere humans are capable of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program has completely changed my life! The staff and canines at CK9 work around the clock and are the most dedicated crew I have ever gotten to work with. They have devoted their lives to making a difference and they have done some amazing work!