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NDSDF Gets $1M Challenge Grant

By Sondra Murphy

When catastrophe strikes, it is reassuring to know there is qualified help on the way and training centers for search teams play a vital role in disaster preparedness.

Upon returning from successful rescues during the aftermath of the recent Haitian earthquake, the Ojai-based National Disaster Search Dog Foundation announced the receipt of a $1 million challenge grant from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation for the creation of a national training center on a 125-acre ranch site in Santa Paula.
The grant paves the way to help build a state-of-the-art center dedicated solely to the training of canine disaster search teams. “We estimate the total cost for the facility is $9.6 million and we’ve raised $3.7 million, so nearly $6 million is still needed,” said Janet Reineck, NDSDF development director. “We hope people will match what Wood-Claeyssens gave us and meet their challenge.”
NDSDF pairs rescued dogs with firefighters and first responders from the state and nation, who receive advanced training. “It costs about $15,000 to

Upon returning from successful rescues during the aftermath of the recent Haitian earthquake, the Ojai-based National Disaster Search Dog Foundation announced the receipt of a $1 million challenge grant from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation for the creation of a

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