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The Power of Green Paws: Canines Working in the Field of Conservation
Tucker, orca detection dog with Conservation Canines


There are many programs involving dogs and the environment occurring in the world today. The following examples highlight a few ways to dogs are helping safeguard the planet.

Conservation Canines
, a program with the University of Washington is led by Dr. Samuel Wasser. Wasser developed the first scat detection dog program in 1997. Tucker, a black Labrador mix with the program and other rescue dogs, are trained to sniff for fecal samples of threatened and endangered animal species worldwide as tigers, giant anteaters, killer whales, spotted owls, bears, jaguars and the Pacific Pocket mouse. Samples obtained by the teams yield information that reveals critical facts about dwindling species, including details on species abundance, distribution, resource use, and overall physiological species health. "Dogs greatly increase accessibility of these corroborative measures, providing powerful tools to partition the multitude of human impacts on wildlife," Wasser explains.   Read the rest at AOL’s PawNation.   Immediately after reading about the opportunity for Red Room writers to write for Huffington Post and America Online, I was jazzed and  went directly  into 'writer mode' crafting a query covering my writing passion--canines in conservation. And thanks to Gina of Red Room, for the direction, technical assistance (thank you very much!) and motivation, ta da ... the article has been published at Paw Nation!