Furry friends padded through the Atascadero Fire Department’s Lewis Avenue station Wednesday during a special tour designed to familiarize service dogs and puppies with emergency personnel and their equipment.
People with the San Luis Obispo-based organization Paws 4 Sight walked the guide dogs through the station alongside firefighters to expose the animals to surroundings they may encounter in an actual emergency. The group did a similar activity in 2010.
“Our dogs will be tasked with helping disabled individuals, and the dogs need to be familiar with loud noises and different environments and be comfortable with strange and out-of-the-ordinary situations that may face their handlers,” group member Susan King said in a statement.
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