One of four full-size train cars is placed by workers at the SDF National Training Center last week. The center will get more search props to train more search teams if SDF can match Petco’s challenge. (Photo courtesy of Search Dog Foundation)
Thursday, the Petco Foundation announced a $2.5 million “Pathway to Completion” challenge grant, to help the Ojai-based Search Dog Foundation (SDF) build America’s first National Training Center for canine disaster search teams.
The National Training Center will be a place where rescued dogs will learn to be rescuers. It will provide a training ground for search and rescue teams throughout the nation to work with their canines in an environment that simulates real disaster conditions, such as a train wreck, earthquake-stricken buildings, a freeway collapse, and immense rubble piles.