I am sending you this urgent appeal for funds to help the Israel Dog Unit continue to answer the many emergency requests we are receiving to help provide security dogs for “settlements” and border towns as well as to help search for missing people with the use of our specially trained SAR dogs and volunteer dog handlers.
As you know the IDU Israel Dog Unit operates two units. One unit uses security dogs to protect Jews and prevent terrorist attacks and the second unit uses SAR dogs to find missing people.
Last Wednesday we spent the entire night running the command center and searching for Jon Ben Saadon an elderly man who was successfully found in the morning.
Pics and a video from our command center on that search can be seen in the article below:
Tel Aviv Collapsed building
Yesterday we spoke to the IDF Home Front Commander running the search for the trapped missing people under the rubble of the collapsed building in Tel Aviv, volunteering our services to help locate the missing people still under the rubble.
The Lebanese border
Earlier today three “settlements” and a town near the Lebanese border called us to ask us to allocate security dogs and training for their town’s security patrols.
Several hours ago Ashqelon police reopened a missing person file and called asking us to bring cadaver dogs to aid in a search for a missing woman. They reopened the case after receiving new information about the vicinity where her body may be. Monday we will G-d willing be joining the army and police search teams.
Several minutes ago, I received a call from the police in Beer Sheba who asked us to help search for Dovid verinski a 76 year old man who is missing there.
Thursday we will be providing our weekly security training course from Kiryat Arba in the south to Tapuach in Samaria.
Every search and every full day of training costs us 1000-2000 shekels to gas up our rescue vehicles and mobile kennels as well as to provide food for the volunteers.
Every security dog or SAR dog can cost from 5000-10000 dollars to buy or to breed, raise and fully train.
Maintaining our volunteer dorms, and our kennels costs us thousands of dollars per month.
We have more than 80 dogs in our program and we are the number one search and rescue outfit in Israel. We are the only group that also offers security dogs to farms and settlements throughout the land, providing not only the service dogs but the training of the dogs and the handlers to properly use the dogs.
We rely on your private support to continue to provide these life-saving services in Israel. This is clearly a mitzva that cannot and will not be done by others.
We are in desperate need of funds at this time to fix vehicles, maintain the kennels, provide the dogs and to save lives in Israel.
We lack the funds to set off for Beer Sheba tonight. I will need to once again borrow funds from volunteers to fill the vehicles with fuel for the journey to Beer Sheba. I told the police that if Dovid is not found by 2.00 AM I will bring a team of handlers and dogs to help search through the night and morning, before it gets too hot for the dogs to search and while hopefully Dovid can still be found alive.
I appeal to you to send a contribution or to make a credit card contribution now. Your funds will likely cover the costs of the search for Dovid.
Funds can be sent to “Maginei Eretz LMaan Hazulat” POBox 6592 Jerusalem Israel.
Credit Card donations can be processed for immediate use of the unit at the link here:
Contributions can be considered Maaser and the dog unit is endorsed by Rabbi Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Hebron, Rabbi Chai, Chief Rabbi of Itamar, Rabbi Uri Zohar, Brigadier General Knafo, Shachar Ayyalon, Commissioner of the Israeli fire dept and by many additional Rabbis, officers and public officials.
Thanks and have great New Year,
With Love of Israel,