dog finn repels
Retired police dog 'Finn' and handler PC Wardell pictured above during K9 repel instruction from ASA. Police dog Finn and his handler have been hugely instrumental to changes in the law regarding those who harm service animals following an incident where Finn was stabbed and seriously hurt as he protected PC Dave Wardell from an attacker in 2016.Nicknamed "Finn's Law", the new legislation makes it harder for those who harm service animals to claim they were acting in self-defence. It was an absolute honour working with this devoted dog team. To read more about 'Finn's law' please click the link below
asa trains maltese customs dogs
In April 2018 Animals Saving Animals were contracted under a European Union funded project to establish and train an eight dog/handler anti-trafficking & detection dog section for the Customs Service in Malta. Four dogs being trained to detect cash/Tobacco and the remaining four to detect Narcotics. They are all passive and were trained in people scanning, Vehicles, Indoor/Outdoor Areas, Baggage and freight.
The training of eight dog teams and an Instructor lasted three months and culminated in June this year with the successful operational pass-out of handlers and dogs. They then went on to undergo further operational training under the watch eye of Border Force and are now operational.
u.s PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPT
On the 10/11th of November ASA founder Daryll Pleasants was invited to be a key speaker at the 2018 U.S tracking seminar held in Houston,Texas. The seminar took place over two days and was attended by game wardens from Texas parks and wildlife. The seminar was a tremendous success with all participants acknowledging improved handling skills and subject knowledge.
asa feature in publications
Animals Saving Animals have recently been featured in four animal publications. Look out for us in the December 2018 issues of 'your dog' magazine' and 'World of Animals' and the February/July 2019 issues of 'Dogs Monthly' These articles highlight the work of ASA and the positive affect anti-poaching dogs are having on wildlife crime in Africa.
ASA RECOGNISED WITH AWARD FOR CONSERVATION
ASA presently provides continued conservation support to five countries in Africa, and has recently expanded further to include the United States, Malta, India and Belize . We have achieved this by providing recognised handler training and specialist canines individually tailored to the individual needs of the employing agency or local government.
We are pleased to announce that on the 2nd September 2019 Animals Saving Animals was recognised by the Prime Minister's daily Points of Light awards, in recognition of outstanding service to conservation. The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community. ASA was honoured to have been nominated for this award and has gratefully accepted this on behalf of all who are involved with Animals Saving Animals.
big cat sanctuary open days
From the 24th to 28th July 2019 Animals Saving Animals attended the Big Cat Sanctuary open days giving twice daily demonstrations in the main arena.
The Big Cat Sanctuary is set in the heart of the countryside in Kent and offers peace and tranquillity providing peaceful conditions for the successful breeding of the beautiful but endangered cats both large and small within the European Endangered Species Programme.
Included in the display was a repelling exercise with our dogs in harness, apprehensions through fire and smoke, a through window vehicle attack and the above in costume repel. Click on the link below to read more about our demonstrations and see them perform live at the BCS Open days this year!
'drum' features on bbc
ASA trained Arms/Ammunition detection dog 'Drum' was deployed to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on the 26th March 2019 where he will be assisting in the prevention of wildlife crime. He has joined triple role dog 'Diego' who was also trained by ASA.
He was recently featured on both the BBC Newsround and BBC News programmes.
Click on the link below to watch the full report.
asa expands into india
Animals Saving returned to India in November 2019 to spent 5 days training the 'Aaranyak' dog units. The units are deployed into Rhino bearing areas of Assam under the direction of the forestry department to assist in the prevention and intervention of wildlife crime. ASA's roll was to bring specialist technical tracking knowledge to the unit teaching a variety of new skills that can be taken into the field to assist enforcement agencies. Read more below.
u.s k9 conference hits 2020
maltese correctional services
asa deploys the first anti-poaching dog to BELIZE
ASA Master trainer Daryll Pleasants has been asked to attend the HITS 2020 K9 Conference this year as one of their K9 Experts giving the instructional class 'An introduction to combat tracking'
The HITS K9 conference is the united states largest K9 Law enforcement seminar with over 1000 dog teams expected to be in attendance. Held in Scottsdale, Arizona from the 18-21st of August.
'An introduction to combat tracking' is designed to instruct established K9 handler teams in new training methods streamlining their tracking techniques towards an operational tactical role. In addition, showing the advantages and disadvantages of established discipline tracking training methods in an operational deployment.
ASA is very proud to give its support to U.S K9 Law enforcement, please click the link below for more information
Animals Saving Animals spent four weeks earlier this year with the Maltese correctional services Dog section. Tasked with carrying out handler training for their seven dog teams and certifying the detection role after an intensive course all dog teams successfully passed. ASA recently returned in January to conduct an apprehension handler course and further K9 tactical training.
Animals Saving Animals in partnership with Maya 2020 has successfully trained and deployed the first tracker dog called 'Sara' to work in the Chiquibul National Park, in the Maya Mountains, Belize’s largest protected area. The forest provides critical habitat for countless rare and endangered species, such as the white lipped peccary, tapir, scarlet macaw, howler monkey and five species of cats including the Jaguar. The forest harbour's up to 400 species of birds. However this critical habitat has lost over 40% of its canopy in the last 50 years due to illegal logging, mining and slash and burn agriculture. In addition to this is the growing illegal wildlife trade through poaching, targeting high value species, including Scarlet Macaw chicks and Yellow Headed Parrots. Both ASA and FCD Belize believe that tracker dogs will have a positive impact on this growing problem and we will look forward to updates from the deployment of this Frontline K9.