Center for Conservation Biology

Black lab in red harness running in grass


Sampson first joined Conservation Canines in 2008 from the Seattle Humane Society. An adorable black lab mix, people were shocked that he didn’t have a home yet. Unfortunately, he didn’t care at all about a potential new home and would much rather stare down the basket of balls and toys that was in the greeting room at the shelter. Sampson is trained on over 30 species of animals, some plants, and environmental toxins. His super sniffer has been employed to find garlic mustard, an invasive species of plant, and to find PCB toxins in Seattle. Now-a-days, you’re most likely to find Sampson alongside his pals, Julianne and CK9 Casey, in the classroom teaching kids about wildlife research, scatology, and dogs with jobs.