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The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association

The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association (CARCA) is the brainchild of Steve Ruskay, whose vision of a unit of trained rescue cats met with initial enthusiasm and then ridicule. From the website:

We are a small group of volunteers dedicated to the training and use of domestic cats in emergency avalanche rescue procedures.

We feel that with proper training, cats can be just as effective – and in some cases, more effective – than dogs, and certainly more effective than traditional probe line techniques.

The group offers training videos and has a documentary about the project for sale. Publications that cast doubt on the seriousness of the project are labeled as canine propaganda. Link -via Metafilter

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April 17th, 2012

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Stranger to the World

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