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Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2002

Alaska dogs get NYC rescue supplies

ANCHORAGE - Alaska dogs used in search-and-rescue operations are getting supplies left over from canine search operations at the World Trade Center site in New York City.

The supplies donated to Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs include dog booties, medical supplies and other items.

Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs is a nonprofit volunteer organization that assists Alaska State Troopers with wilderness searches, avalanche victim recovery and the recovery of bodies from water. The group has seven dogs trained for such work and 14 in training.

Humane Society joins virtual animal shelter

JUNEAU - The Gastineau Humane Society has joined Petfinder.com, the largest and oldest virtual animal shelter. The Web site allows people to shop for a pet on the Internet.

The site lists 50,000 homeless animals in 3,000 shelters and rescue groups nationwide. Each animal up for adoption has its own home page, including a description and often a photo. Gastineau Humane Society's adoptable pets can be viewed at www.petfinder.com/shelter/AK04.html.

To use the site, pet lovers log on and type in their search criteria. The computer returns a list of potential pets, ranked by proximity to the visitor's zip code.

The primary sponsors of the site are the Ralston Purina Company, Bissell Homecare and Petco. For details, call the Gastineau Humane Society at 789-0260.

Fund seeking grant applications

JUNEAU - Alaska Fund for the Future, a donor-advised fund of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, is accepting applications from nonprofit groups, communities and other entities for grants to be awarded this year.

The fund promotes awareness and understanding of Alaska and supports preservation of the state's natural environment, diverse human cultures and sustainable local economies. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Application deadline is Jan. 11.

For details or to receive an application, call (907) 276-1917 or visit the Web site at www.akcf.org.

Compiled from staff and Associated Press reports.

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