Sage — Search and Rescue

Location: Hagerman, N.M.

K-9 Sage is 12 years old and has served her community and her nation heroically her entire life.?She passed the FEMA Canine Readiness Evaluation at 18 months and was called to the Pentagon as part of New Mexico Task Force 1 in the recovery efforts following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sage’s missions have included Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, searching for missing or captured U.S. soldiers in Iraq (for the U.S. Army), and numerous local missing-person searches. In 2009, Sage was diagnosed with two types of lung cancer, believed to be the result of searching several highly toxic sites. Her newest mission is inspiring cancer patients and survivors. She is the children’s hero at a cancer camp, showing that their illness doesn’t have to dampen their fun-loving spirits. And she walks energetically alongside cancer survivors at “Relay for Life” events.