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October 7, 2009 (San Diego)--San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore is announcing a unique educational program called “Adopt an SAR Dog.”

In its third year, the San Diego Sheriff's Search and Rescue Detail will participate in a program which offers a local elementary school class the unique opportunity to learn all about the various aspects of training a dog for Search and Rescue (SAR) work. Search and Rescue volunteers and their dogs will make regular visits throughout the year to the classrooms.


Working closely with the teacher, the canine handler will incorporate a lesson for each visit that ties into the topic the class is currently studying. The goal of this program is for children to learn a variety of subjects, which include community service, the positive role of law enforcement, first aid for humans as well as pets, safety around strange dogs, and what to do if lost.

Visits are usually twice a month for approximately 30 minutes. This year, two second grade classrooms at Riverview Elementary School in Lakeside will participate. The first visit is scheduled for Friday October 2nd at 9:00.

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