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, bobcat, moose, woodland caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf

Frehley

Frehley, a border collie, wears a safety vest and lays down attentively in the snow

  • Breed: Border collie
  • Sex: Male, intact
  • Weight: 45 lbs.
  • Markings: Black and white
  • Birthday: 4/7/04
  • Adoption date: 10/7/05
  • Rescue location: Seattle Animal Shelter
  • Species trained on: Maned wolf, wolverine, grizzly bear, fisher, Mt. Jemez salamander

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

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

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, 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, short-tailed weasel, fisher, cougar, saw whet owl

Sadie May

Sadie May, a Labrador and pointer mix, stands at the edge of a boat in the ocean

  • Breed: Labrador and pointer mix
  • Sex: Female – Spayed
  • Weight: 50 lbs.
  • Markings: Black with grey chin
  • Birthday: 12/1/02
  • Adoption date: 3/21/2008
  • Rescue location: Owner surrender
  • Species trained on: Wolverine, fisher, Sierra red fox, Mexican gray wolf, gray wolf, moose, caribou, tiger, leopard, puma, orca

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

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

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

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