ANIMALS TO THE RESCUE!
Many animal groups are starting to prepare for the major earthquakes, including the Allbreed Association of the Philippines (ABAP) K9. ABAP started October last year when a group of dog lovers decided to turn their furry companions into rescuers, in the event a big tremor hits the city. “I’ve been into K9 for more than a decade. So, we had an idea to start K9 training for all kinds of dog breeds, particularly for the Big One,” says ABAP K9 President Bienvenido Canillo.
Trainers are well-versed in detection, bomb sniffing, and narcotics, but they mostly teach search and rescue.
“[During training, we motivate them through] treats and toys,” explains Canillo. “[In a hide-and-seek scenario, they initially look for something within] a short distance [and we increase this incrementally].”