Larimer County Search and Rescue dog handlers receive grant

Larimer County Search and Rescue dog handlers recently received a $3,000 grant from the American Kennel Club’s Companion Animal Recovery Fund.

The grant will fund a backcountry K-9 medic class where handlers will learn to respond to canine medical emergencies and safely evacuate dogs out of the field when injured. The training is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 in Lory State Park.

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The AKC-Companion Animal Recovery program encourages pet owners to register and microchip dogs and focuses much of its’ energy on lost pet recovery services. This year, they awarded $258,000 to K-9 search and rescue teams in 40 states across the country. For more information, visit the program’s website at

Larimer County Search and Rescue’s mission is to find the lost, rescue the stranded and injured, recover the deceased, and educate the public on wilderness and mountain safety. Search and rescue dog handlers train weekly with their dogs to develop the advanced skills necessary to detect human scent in the difficult mountain environment.