Our work with canine programs in  Africa will prevent poaching and reduce illegal trafficking in ivory and rhino horn. 


Partnerships with 50 conservation groups have taken us to 

5 continents to collect data on over 30 plant and animal species. 

Thousands of high-energy dogs are stuck

in shelters, waiting for

homes. We're helping them get what they really need: jobs.  


Get a behind-the-leash look at canine conservation detection with Megan Parker, our co-founder and Director of Research.

Imagine a scientific instrument that can detect scents in parts per trillion. One that can carry itself for miles, over virtually any terrain. One that doesn’t require electricity or batteries, and that gives immediate, accurate results. Adorably.


Wicket started her life as a shelter pup. "You don't want that dog," the shelter director said. "She's crazy." Turns out that Wicket was just the right kind of crazy for us.  Ten years later, she's considered one of the best conservation detection dogs in the world.


In the Centennial Mountains of Montana and Idaho, our dogs helped map the movements of cougar, bear and wolf non-invasively: no trapping, drugging, or radio-tagging of animals required. Our findings were later used to protect a critical habitat corridor.



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We train the world's best conservation detection dogs

& put them to work protecting wildlife and wild places.


We do it to save the world. 


They do it for the love of a ball. 

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