Death Row Shelter Dog Becomes Part Of Texas Search-And-Rescue Team In Harvey Aftermath

It is quite unbelievable that a dog who was once deemed ”unadoptable” is now rescuing people. It proves that dogs, if given the chance, can prove themselves and become quite the asset.

Rocket, a Belgian Malinois/Border Collie mix was one day away from euthanasia in a shelter in Sacramento, California. No one wanted to adopt him because of his ”rambunctious” disposition brought by his high energy level.

But his unattractive trait turned out to be his biggest asset. National Disaster Search Dog Foundation took him off the shelter just one day before he was scheduled to be put down.

For years, he trained as a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). He was eventually paired with firefighter handler Mike Stornetta, who works for Windsor Fire Protection District.

The duo specializes in locating people who are still alive when disasters hit. It’s no cakewalk!

Rocket and Stornetta drove 20+ hours from California to Texas to take part in the search effort. In rescue missions like his, Rocket’s bottomless pit of energy came in really handy! Turn to the next page to see the rest of the story!


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