Center for Conservation Biology

Active Conservation Canines

The ideal scat detection dog is extremely energetic with an excessive play drive. They will work happily and eagerly all day long, motivated by the expectation of a ball reward given only upon sample detection. The dogs’ fixation with the ball drives them to work 4-6 hours a day in the field.

The obsessive, high-energy personalities of scat detection dogs also make them difficult to maintain as family pets. A well-intended home placement often results in the dogs’ subsequent return to the shelter facing euthanasia. We rescue these dogs from the pound providing them a rewarding and satisfying career in the field of conservation research.


Alli

Alli, an Australian cattle dog mix, sitting on a boulder

  • Breed: Australian cattle dog mix
  • Sex: Female, spayed
  • Weight: 40 lbs.
  • Markings: Orange
  • Birthday: 4/7/04
  • Adoption date: 10/15/05
  • Rescue location: Pack Leader Dog Training
  • Species trained on: Maned wolf, wolverine, grizzly bear, American pine marten, Sierra red fox, Pacific pocket mouse, Pacific water shrew, Oregon spotted frog, mink, short-tailed weasel

Chester

Chester, a retriever labrador mix, stands in the snow with his tail wagging

  • Breed: Labrador and golden retriever mix
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 66 lbs.
  • Markings: Golden
  • Birthday: 11/28/03
  • Adoption date: 12/11/08
  • Rescue location: Seattle Humane Society
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, grizzly bear, black bear, moose, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf, coyote, cougar, bobcat

Pepsi

Pepsi, a Labrador mix, wears a safety vest and walks over a moss-covered log in a forest

  • Breed: Labrador mix
  • Sex: Female, spayed
  • Weight: 35 lbs.
  • Markings: Black
  • Birthday: 11/16/07
  • Adoption date: 12/11/08
  • Rescue location: Seattle Humane Society
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, lynx, cougar, orca, townsend’s big eared bat, bat and bird carcasses

Sampson

Sampson, a Labrador, wears a safety vest and chases after a ball in a grassy lawn

  • Breed: Labrador
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 65 lbs.
  • Markings: Black
  • Birthday: 11/30/04
  • Adoption date: 6/20/08
  • Rescue location: Seattle Humane Society
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, American pine marten, Sierra red fox, northern spotted owl, barred owl, Pacific pocket mouse, lynx, sea turtle nests, Mt. Jemez salamander, moose, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf, cougar, bobcat, swift fox

Scooby

Scooby, a Labrador, wears a safety vest and splashes through river water

  • Breed: Labrador
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 65 lbs.
  • Markings: Black
  • Birthday: 8/1/06
  • Adoption date: 8/16/08
  • Rescue location: Oregon Humane Society
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, gray wolf, moose, woodland caribou, Indochinese tiger, Asian leopard, puma, jaguar, cheetah, lion, caracal, serval, wild dog, spotted hyena, tapir, grizzly bear, black bear, bobcat, white-tailed deer, mink, fisher

Tucker

Black lab name Tucker looking at the camera with the fin of a killer whale swimming in the ocean behind him

  • Breed: Labrador retriever mix
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 78 lbs.
  • Markings: Black with brindle
  • Birthday: 8/15/04
  • Adoption date: 5/15/06
  • Rescue location: SnoLine Kennels
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, moose, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf, orca, arboreal iguana, townsend’s big eared bat, sharp tail snake

Waylon

Waylon, a Labrador retriever, runs through a large lawn with a ball in his mouth

  • Breed: Labrador retriever
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 80 lbs.
  • Markings: Yellow
  • Birthday: 11/5/05
  • Adoption date: 8/18/10
  • Rescue location: Owner surrender
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, moose, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf, orca, sharp-tailed snakes

Max

Max, an Australian Cattle dog, wears a safety vest and sits in a grassy field attentively

  • Breed: Australian cattle dog
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 45 lbs.
  • Markings: Black, grey and white
  • Birthday: 6/19/2005
  • Adoption date: 9/25/2007
  • Rescue location: Everett Animal Shelter
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, northern spotted owl, barred owl, grizzly bear, black bear, American pine marten, tiger, leopard, white-tailed deer, orca, moose, woodland caribou, gray wolf, mink

Pips

Pips, an Australian cattle dog and blue heeler mix, runs through a grassy field with a Kong in his mouth

  • Breed: Australian cattle dog and blue heeler mix
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 40 lbs.
  • Markings: Black, grey and white
  • Birthday: 3/1/09
  • Adoption date: 3/22/11
  • Rescue location: United Animal Friends
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, badger, mink, marten, short-tailed weasel, fisher, cougar, bobcat, saw whet owl, barred owl, spotted owl

Casey

Casey, a Jack Russell terrier, wears a hiking vest and dog booties pants and lays down in a field with a ball beside him

  • Breed: Jack Russell terrier
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 15 lbs.
  • Markings: White with brown spots
  • Birthday: 2/18/2007
  • Adoption date: 4/18/2008
  • Rescue location: Kitsap Humane Society
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, Pacific pocket mouse

Captain

Captain, a large short-haired mixed-breed dog, wears a hiking vest and sits attentively in a sunny, grassy field

  • Breed: Unknown
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 55 lbs
  • Markings: Brown with white chest
  • Birthday: 10/31/2009
  • Adoption date: 9/4/2012
  • Rescue location: Owner surrender
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, moose, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, roe deer, gray wolf, brown bear, Caucasian lynx, leopard, wild boar, European badger, pine marten, stone marten, bat and bird carcasses

Winnie

Winnie, a Labrador mix, pants while laying down in a field with a ball next to her

  • Breed: Labrador mix
  • Sex: Female, spayed
  • Weight: 47 lbs.
  • Markings: Black
  • Birthday: 4/2/2011
  • Adoption date: 8/23/2012
  • Rescue location: Prison Pet Partnership
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, fisher, moose, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf, cougar, bobcat

Ripley

Ripley, a Labrador mix, sits attentively in a sunny, grassy field

  • Breed: Labrador mix
  • Sex: Female, spayed
  • Weight: 57 lbs.
  • Markings: Black
  • Birthday: 3/6/2011
  • Adoption Date: 8/23/2012
  • Rescue Location: Prison Pet Partnership
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, Moose, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf

Zeus

Zeus, a mixed-breed dog, wears a safety vest and sits attentively in a sunny forest

  • Breed: Unknown
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 50 lbs.
  • Markings: Cinza
  • Birthday: 4/7/2010
  • Adoption Date: 5/15/2013
  • Rescue Location: Focinhos e bigodes, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Species trained on: Iberian wolf

Ranger

black lab with harness

  • Breed: Black Lab Mix
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 70 lbs.
  • Markings: Short tail
  • Birthday: 6/26/2012
  • Adoption Date: 9/15/2013
  • Rescue Location: Northern California Family Dog Rescue
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, mink, bat and bird carcasses

Jack

blue and black spotted dog in leaves

  • Breed: Blue heeler mix
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 35 lbs.
  • Markings: Black, white and grey
  • Birthday: 1/15/12
  • Adoption date: 2/11/2014
  • Rescue location: Humane Society of Skagit County
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, townsend long eared bat