A Volunteer Non-Profit Canine Search and Rescue Organization

February 13, 2002

Especially for Pets
1223 Chestnut Street
Newton, MA 02464

Dear Especially for Pets:

On behalf of Massachusetts Canine Response Team, Inc. (MACRT), I would like to personally thank you for your recent donation. As you know, MACRT is a charitable, non-profit 501©(3) volunteer search and rescue organization dedicated to the training of search and rescue dogs, handlers and support personnel in order to provide professional and highly-skilled search and rescue canine teams in the event of an emergency response event.

Search dog teams sponsored by MACRT are trained to respond to a variety of emergency response events including wilderness searches and urban disasters.

The training of MACRT search dogs includes canine agility, working off leash, directional control, exposure to unfamiliar surroundings, perfecting the dog’s alert behavior and conducting mock search problems. Developing proficiency in all of these areas requires a great deal of training but, as people’s lives may depend on the competence of a canine search team, only search dogs and handlers who have passed MACRT’s Canine Certification Testing Process are considered fully operational by MACRT in the event of an emergency response event.

The cost of attaining the requisite operational status is absorbed by the individual MACRT canine handler as MACRT does not charge for its services. All MACRT search efforts are donated to the public agency requesting MACRT’s services. While MACRT is dedicated to providing this public service, contributions help to off-set the huge financial burden placed on each dog handler and are greatly appreciated.

MACRT therefore extends a sincere thank you for your recent donation. In doing so, you too have helped promote safety and well-being for your fellow citizens.

With kind regards,
Cheryl Oetting
MACRT Treasurer