Rescued Dog Training to Become Rescue Dog

Kane, a purebred golden retriever, used to be a troublemaker, but it was his active personality and natural hunting skills that got him the job of a lifetime.

Kane was perfect for the Shelter to Service Dog Program in Leon County.

Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, the director of the Shelter to Service Dog Program, says, "He's got everything in the temperament that's needed. He's got an outgoing personality. He's bold. He's confident, and yet he's not at all aggressive."

Kane spent five months training with Natalie going to malls, on elevators, getting used to noise and different people, and now he is finally ready to spend a year training in Miami-Dade County to work with the Urban Search and Rescue Team and FEMA, helping with national disasters.

Natalie says, "He's going to be finding people who are needing help and who are needing to be rescued."

A job that is sometimes easier for a dog than a human.

CAPT Sharon Lippman of the Tallahassee Fire Department says, "Because of their heightened sense of hearing and heightened sense of smell, they can smell people or even hear sounds that we can't even begin to hear.

Natalie adds, "Together the human and the dog as partners can search and rescue many people in a disaster.

It’s a partnership that will one day save lives.

The director of the Shelter to Service Dog Program has trained, evaluated and placed dogs like Kane in programs that help disabled people and even drug and bomb sniffing dogs.