Neighbors Helping Neighbors: AvaDogs Alaska

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2007

Volunteer coordinator: Jim Craig.

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Contact number: 321-3647 (DOGS).

Organization description: AvaDogs Alaska is a nonprofit team that provides, as a benefit to the public, trained and certified dogs and handlers for search and rescue operations, including avalanches. AvaDogs also act as an educational resource, through public outreach and education programs, in the areas of wilderness, snow and avalanche safety.

Years of service: more than three.

Volunteer opportunities: AvaDogs Alaska is looking for volunteers who would enjoy participating in search-and-rescue training sessions. Volunteers typically hide for dog/handler teams to conduct search drills. Avalanche training sessions usually last about three hours with wilderness training sessions lasting one to four hours, depending upon the training area and drill complexity. AvaDogs' volunteers should enjoy the outdoors, be in good physical condition, and love dogs. AvaDogs also welcomes motivated human and canine volunteers who might have an interest in pursuing canine search and rescue training and certification as a team member.

• Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska. More volunteer opportunities can be found online at the Volunteer Center of Southeast Alaska,

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