Students’ £500 for rescue dogs

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ANGUS College animal care students were delighted to have a visit recently from Callum Black and his dog Dokus from the Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA).

Callum gave a talk to the students about the work of SARDA and the training of the dogs, illustrated by a demonstration with Dokus, a New Zealand Huntaway, which successfully located the missing lecturer, course Leader Meg Mearns in the park next to the college.

Callum, who is from the association’s Southern Scotland Group, has previously visited the college and impressed everyone with the skills and commitment the group gives to training their dogs to locate missing people, not only in the hills, as people might expect, but also in urban areas.

The charity relies on donations so Angus College students carried out a series of fund-raising activities and took the opportunity to present Callum with £500 to continue the work of the group.

Callum is the training officer and, like all SARDA members, gives his time and skills on a voluntary basis.

Since the cheque handover, the students have received a thank-you letter from SARDA to say the money will go towards vital equipment for their search teams.