Natural disasters are devastating for any community. People are left scrambling and desperately trying to contact loved ones to confirm their safety. Whole cities are evacuated, a move that is often accompanied by hysteria. And of course, there are animals left behind, be it pigs, cows, and chickens on farms, or cats, dogs, and birds in houses. All that these animals can do is try to protect themselves as much as possible, find a safe temporary shelter, and wait it out until, hopefully, someone comes to rescue them.

At the end of October, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Norcia, Italy and left a ton of destruction in its wake. Buildings were reduced to rubble. People lost homes and cherished possessions. And many animals that were left behind by their guardians were buried under buildings and injured. Thankfully, in the days after the natural disaster, rescue teams made their way through the city looking for any surviving souls. During this time, a group of Italian firefighters located a border collie underneath layers of soot and debris. The pup, by pure miracle, made it out in one piece and the firefighters were able to locate his guardians.

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The family did not want the puppy back, though. They felt that their pup would be a much more valuable asset working alongside his rescuers helping to locate other animals in need, especially after natural disasters. Pretty smart move considering that border collies are known for their intelligence, impressive work ethic, and eagerness to please. In fact, border collies are one of the most popular working dogs around the globe because of these very characteristics!

The puppy, now named Terremoto (the Italian word for earthquake), will be trained by the team and eventually become a search and rescue dog. Talk about coming full circle! Terremoto’s family was extremely generous to give up their dog for this noble mission. We hope that Terremoto is able to perform his new duties safely and aid in rescuing dogs in need of help, just like he was. Good luck, buddy!

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