Photo Gallery | Search dogs greet shoppers at Kroger
(WMC-TV) - People doing their grocery shopping at Kroger on Union Avenue Thursday got a warm greeting by a few pettable pups. But the dogs are not just good for petting and companionship, they are search dogs that help find people who go missing around the region.
Search Dog South is a nonprofit organization, made up of volunteers, that provides trained search dogs and handlers to help find people who are missing or lost.
SDS volunteers and three search dogs were at Kroger Thursday raising awareness to the work they do in partnership with law enforcement agencies. The organization is sponsored by United Way.
The brilliant dogs are able to track missing people by scent, using clothing, a wallet, car seat, or even a footprint.
Search Dog South has advice for families before heading out on a hunting, fishing, camping, or even just a day trip. Make a scent article for each family member. This will help you be prepared in case something goes wrong and someone gets lost.
Here is how Search Dog South recommends making the best scent article for each family member:
1. Put a sterile gauze pad in your shirt next to your skin for at least one hour.
2. Take it out and put it in a ziplock freezer bag. Make sure no one else touches the article or the inside of the bag!
3. Push the air out, seal the bag, and label it with the person's name and date.
4. Put it on the seat of your car with a note to police that says, "If I'm lost or missing, please call K9 search team Search Dogs South emergency pager: (901) 539-4556. My scent article is enclosed -- for dog team only -- do not touch."
For more information about Search Dogs South and how the dogs are trained, click here: http://www.searchdogssouth.org
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