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Avalanche Dog on a search and rescue drill

Avalanche Dogs are the Ultimate Hope of Rescue

Tragically this week, avalanches have killed scores of people in mountainous northeastern Afghanistan over a three-day period. At least 168 people have died. Many more are missing, and dozens of houses have been destroyed by the massive rushes of snow. In remote areas of the Panjshir province, rescue is difficult and residents have been trying to dig out survivors using their bare hands. When buried alive, every second counts. Your best bet for survival is a rescue dog who can find you by your scent alone, even if trapped under feet of snow.

Meet the heroic Avalanche Dogs of Jackson Hole Search and Rescue. In the short film “Adrenaline Junkie: Avalanche Rescue” they train to locate and dig out volunteers, including explore.org founder Charlie Annenberg. Things get intense when Charlie is left buried for what must seem like an eternity, but the dogs absolutely save the day. Catch the film below.