Pearl is a three year old Labrador retriever who found her calling after the recent earthquake in Haiti left people scrambling to find their loved ones, reports the Contra Costa Times
She was discovered in an animal shelter by the California Task Force 2 search and rescue team after having runaway from her home several times. They adopted her and began to put her through training to become a search and rescue dog.
When the earthquake struck Haiti, Pearl and the other dogs on the search and rescue team were put into action. Pearl helped volunteers locate and save survivors who were trapped under the rubble after the earthquake devastated the country.
Pearl is now the subject of new a book, A New Job for Pearl, that was written by students in California. The book is the brainchild of Allyn Lee, whose daughter is one of the students who collaborated on the book, and Connie Forslind, the teacher of those students.
"I really wanted to find a dog that had been adopted and likely (would have) been euthanized," said Lee when explaining why she chose Pearl to be the subject of the book, reports the news source.
Pearl is a shining example of what animal shelters can provide and the service they offer. Animal shelters are always looking for people to adopt animals to help better their lives. The Humane Society of the United States reports there are approximately 6 to 8 million cats and dogs in need of homes who are brought to shelters each year.