Texas Parks and Wildlife share… keep Ruger safe

For the four little boys who were scared and lost in Bastrop County, Ruger will always be their four-legged hero. As the search stretched for hours into a cold winter night, local law enforcement authorities turned to Texas Game Wardens. Game Warden Christy Vales responded with her canine partner, Ruger. After the boys had been lost for more than seven hours, Ruger nosed his way to the shivering and frightened youngsters, who were then safely reunited with their parents.

Ruger and nine other hard-working dogs in the Texas Game Warden K-9 Unit provide search and rescue services across Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation provided funds to form the K-9 Unit in 2013. Now we’re raising funds to make sure our canine game wardens have the specialized safety equipment they need, over and above their standard-issue equipment.

These dogs work all hours, in all seasons, and don’t stop until the job is done. In the brutal heat of a Texas summer, a search and rescue mission can become a dangerous operation. Dogs are prone to heat exhaustion because they don’t sweat like humans do, so we’re raising money to provide cooling vests for these hard-working canines. For just $3,000 we can outfit all ten dogs with cooling vests that will ensure their safety on even the hottest Texas day.

Can you help us keep our canine wardens safe by making a donation today? All money raised will be used for cooling vests and other needed safety equipment for the Texas Game Warden K-9 Unit.

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