A blog by spcaLA president, Madeline Bernstein

May 6, 2020

No Swabs Necessary -Just Dogs

Texas dog no one wanted honored by spcaLA
as hero
We know dogs can be trained to detect seizures, glue, bombs, heart attacks, cancer and other interesting things due to their exceptional smell capabilities. In fact, in his book, Dr. Sleep, Stephen King wrote in a cat that could predict death the night before it happened.

Therefore, if a COVID-19 infection emits an odor, you can bet that a dog will be able to smell it and tell you about it. University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is putting researchers on the case to do just that.

What you may not know is that many of these extraordinary dogs are found at shelters all across the country and trained for these "nose jobs". What we have found at spcaLA is that sometimes your untrained family pet has such a skill and displays it at the exact right time.

spcaLA has honored such dogs over the years.

You can do the same by adopting a shelter dog.

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