Last week, the nation reeled after hearing reports of the mammoth landslide in Oso, Washington that claimed dozens of lives. A wall of earth carrying uprooted trees and boulders downhill at breakneck speeds, what is now being called the Oso Mudslide quickly obliterated everything in its path.
With the death toll still rising, our hearts go out to the families effected, as well as those brave men, women, and dogs out searching for the lost. If you would like to donate, or to simply know whom to keep in your prayers, these are the search and rescue organizations out there getting their paws dirty in search of those still unaccounted for.
One of the premier search dog organizations in the Pacific Northwest, the NDSD had 7 teams (dogs and handlers) on site searching for lost persons, leading the charge for the search dog teams.
Local K9 rescue outfit, the Snohomish County Airscent Team were among the first search and rescue teams on the scene.
A search and rescue team from the surrounding area, the King County Search Dogs were quick to help out the cause.
A search and rescue group that specializes in training German Shepherds, the GSSD sent a few teams to aide in the relief.
One of the largest search and rescue groups in the Northwest, KCESAR sent a number of teams to the location, both with and without search dogs.
After the full magnitude of this undertaking was completely understood, the PCSD sent a couple of dogs to help with the search for missing people, helping rebuff the second wave of searchers.
Another organization that had dogs on the scene, the Evergreen Search Dogs were quick to lend a paw to the rescue effort.
If you want to help those effected by the mudslide, all of the aforementioned organizations are accepting donations. Since the area has been barred off from the public for safety reasons, actual volunteer assistance is impossible. A charitable contribution, a donation of resources, or your thoughts and prayers are the best ways to help for those of us unable to physically lend a hand.
This video shows just how devastating the mudslide was to people and pets alike.
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