Search Dogs Look for Survivors After Earthquake in Ecuador

A Golden Retriever and a Labrador Retriever are playing a crucial role in rescue and recovery efforts after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador last weekend, killing at least 500 people.

Lenox, the Golden, and Theo, the Lab, are working with the Colombian Red Cross to find survivors in the rubble, ABC news reported.

See them in action here:

Unfortunately, the signal from Lenox mentioned in the video turned out to be a false alarm, according to ABC.

Search and rescue dogs are an important aspect of disaster response. Their unique talents and training can mean the difference between life and death for a trapped or endangered person. And their recovery service can offer closure to a victim’s family.

The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund, created to honor the work of the dogs who performed search and rescue missions in the aftermath of 9/11, has awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to K-9 Search and Rescue teams. Learn more or make a donation here.