The Cost of Conservation Detection!
The cost of training a detection dog can be extremely high for various reasons but the most common is just the day to day expense of caring for a dog. Just one year's worth of basic costs like, housing, vet care and food totals roughly $13,875. That is not including fuel, travel and the training costs involved. Nor does that include the amount to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder should you go that route versus getting lucky enough to rescue one or have one donated who is suitable for the work. A $20,000 price tag funding goal is not far off from the reality of costs associated with a highly trained detection dog and no added "fluff."
I am often asked why fund raising efforts include such high total $ goals. There are numerous hours put into a dog being trained for detection and often those costs are never recouped by the trainer. In my case, I love the process and my passion for working with these amazing creatures and doing something for the greater good out ways my greed. I feed my soul but must still break even, so this means fundraising drives are crucial.
In the case of Tau, we have additional regulatory costs associated with him going to Hawaii. It is imperative that he and Cheryl have hands on training time with nests, with the trainer on hand, to work out any issues and to allow them to be a cohesive team. That is why we are reaching out for funding. There are no frills associated with this project and at the moment we are no where near our goal. The entire Tau The Honu Hound Crew has been completely dedicated to the success of this important project. They have donated not only their talents ie: professional photographs, phenomenal video but more importantly their valuable time.
Our goal is to get Tau to Hawaii this year for the Honu season, and to also meet up with Cheryl down south to get some hands on time for them to start their partnership. None of this is possible without the generous donations and we appreciate everyone of you who has already given to this project.
Please consider promoting our project, every dollar is relevant and vital to saving Sea Turtles and getting Tau to Hawaii.
Thank you for your consideration and support.