Anti-Poaching Dogs and K9 Units protect wildlife

There are many Adopt an Animal schemes in existence.   Adopt A Dog is all about adopting dogs who help other animals.

In this case, we’re talking about anti-poaching dogs!

These dogs to prevent wildlife crime by sniffing out poachers, detecting wildlife products, and recovering illegal weapons.   They are amazing and are proving to be extremely effective at protecting not only wildlife but the rangers working to protect wildlife as well.  They can act as a warning signal for rangers, telling them if poachers are in the area by giving certain warning signals.  And they can detract poachers from the rangers, giving the rangers vital seconds or minutes to gain an advantage over the poachers.

Dogs are working to help rhinos, elephants, vultures, tigers and all sorts of animals in peril because of illegal activities.

Here are a few organisations who have an Adopt a Dog scheme you can donate to, but any donation will help these amazing dogs and their rangers help protect and save endangered wildlife.

Animals Saving Animals
Founded in July 2016 'Animals Saving Animals' works along side organisations to assist in the prevention of wildlife crime through providing Anti-Poaching Dogs and training to conservancies and national parks throughout the world.  Find out more info

Project Rhino KZN
This new K9 unit was established by Project Rhino to stop wildlife crime in the Zululand landscape.  The aim is to grow the team using trained, certified tracking dogs to help track and locate suspects and gather intelligence.  The dogs have been present at road blocks, reserve vehicle checks and night patrols.  Vultures are often poisoned for the traditional medicine market and their numbers have plummeted in the recent years and the dogs have found carcasses of critically endangered white-backed vultures.   Find out more

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The Trust with SWT/KWS De-Snaring Teams and an Aerial Surveillance unit.  Four tracker dogs and their handers find illegal wildlife products – ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat, guns and ammo, and they follow poachers’ tracks.  The dogs can detect even the tiniest traces of scent or faint footsteps.  Find out more

The Chipembere Rhino Foundation
Private and state anti-poaching  units, community patrols and on-going engagement with government agencies are in place.   The goal of the Foundation is to saturate areas they support with well-trained anti-poaching dogs who have proved to be very effective in reducing poaching.  Find out more

Helping Rhinos
Help the conservation efforts with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya as they train an elite team of dogs.  You can be become a Helping Rhinos APU Dog Adopter from just £5 a month.  Since the dog patrols were introduced, they have just had 2 poaching incidents in the last 2 years.  Find out more