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

Red cattle dog Ck9 Alli

  • 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, silverspot frass

Chester

Golden Retriever mix CK9 Chester

  • 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

Sampson

black labrador CK9 Sampson

  • 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

Black labrador CK9 Scooby

  • 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

CK9 Tucker, black labrador leaning over the bow of a boat

  • Breed: Labrador retriever mix
  • Sex: Male, neutered
  • Weight: 75 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 long eared bat, sharp-tailed snake

Waylon

Yello labrador CK9 Waylon

  • 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 snake

Max

black, white and grey cattle dog CK9 Max

  • 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

black and white cattle dog CK9 Pips

  • Breed: Australian cattle dog 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

brown with white chest dog of unknown breed CK9 Captain

  • 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

CK9 Winnie, black labrador mix

  • 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

Ranger

black labrador CK9 Ranger

  • 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: Australian Cattle dog 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’s long eared bat

Conservation Canines New to the Pack

Skye

brown and black mix CK9 Skye


Duke

brown dog with short nose CK9 Duke


Beckett

black long haired dog mix CK9 Beckett


Hiccup

brown and black cattle dog, CK9 Hiccup


Zilly

grey and white cattle dog CK9 Zilly