Petition: Maya the Senior Dog Helps Search and Rescue Koalas in Australia

Petition: Maya the Senior Dog Helps Search and Rescue Koalas in Australia

“I started thinking that maybe there was another animal that could find these scats by relying on their nose.”

Koala poo is very smelly, but it doesn’t smell like poo – it smells like eucalyptus.

Using your eyes, they are quite hard to spot, but for dogs the smell would be like a rose in the bush,” Critescu said.

Maya was a rescue puppy that was trained for this work and to find koalas scent. Maya is a blue merle border collie.

Now, Maya helps lead other dogs in research and conservation, Critescu co-founded the USC Detection Dogs for Conservation (DDC), an organization that trains dogs to help with conservation.

Now that Maya is a senior dog, she’s happy as can be.

Critescu says of Maya, “I don’t think they care how old they are, and I don’t think we should care either.

I never see Maya as an old dog.

I see her as a friend, an amazing colleague, and a wonderfully happy personality.”

Sign this petition to demand that the government in Australia ban logging in koala habitats now!

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This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 7 December 2020. Lead Image Source: Maridav/

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