Monday, October 3, 2011

The Tough Work of Search and Rescue Debra of Sleepy Cat Designs

Sometimes when watching reports about natural disasters that have claimed many lives, we hear briefly about search and rescue teams working to find survivors and those who did not make it. It must be a horrendous task for anyone willing to help with this.

Recently in a newsletter from, the insurance company which supplies a policy for my cat, Chester, I read about dogs who are trained to help the people doing these types of jobs and how much the dogs really make a difference in this daunting work. You can read more about it at

It’s a truly amazing organization which provides the kind of help that most of us could never give, no matter how much we want to help. The majority of people sitting at home watch the reports and feel so sorry for the devastated families and animals who have just been through a disaster of some sort. But, without the search and rescue teams, these disasters would take an even larger toll on the families and friends affected by such tragedies.

The dogs work so hard and yet never ever complain. Some even lose their own lives in an effort to locate the missing. Really gut-wrenching work for the dogs and the humans involved but the kind of job that has to be done, a vital part of the entire recovery process for all concerned.

9/11 Mike Scott & Billy
Photo: Andrea Booher, FEMA News Photo

Because money is one of the most needed resources during natural disasters of any type, many of us try to donate what we can to support different groups during such tragedies. And I wanted to be sure we know about this organization so we can help a little bit at times as well so they can continue providing this extremely important service. It’s an expensive undertaking to train the dogs as well as provide the services of the rescue teams when needed. Sadly, they are needed far too often these days.

Jim Boggeri & Recon - Hurricane Katrina
Stock Photo from website

So if you are looking for a new organization to support from time to time, please consider They make it easy on their website to learn all about what they are doing and how any donations can be made and will be appreciated and put to good use.

I was very moved by what I read on the website after reading the article I mentioned above. And that is why I wanted to share this with everyone.

Submitted by: Debra of Sleepy Cat Designs and Sew Bizzy Gifts; Debra has loved many dogs and cats and other furry friends over the last 5 decades and continues to support various rescue groups and shelters in the Tucson area as well as nationwide whenever possible. Be sure to shop with Debra in both her ArtFire studios in honor of National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month; read all about the special coupon promotion HERE or the box below.

Use coupon code 10CTH-CFA at participating stores to help Close to Home Animal Rescue


Anonymous said...

Wonderful story, Debra! It's easy to overlook what hard work these dogs do in times of disaster. They work tirelessly, right there with the humans, and usually, thanklessly. Thanks for making more aware... love it!

Scotti Cohn said...

Thanks for this, Debra! These dogs epitomize what we mean when we say they are "man's best friend."

El at Tantalizing Stitches said...

Wow! These dogs (and humans) are amazing. Animals are so brave.