(PHOTO GALLERY) – Search and rescue dogs from all around the world are arriving in Japan to aid earthquake and tsunami victims.  These highly skilled dogs, partnered with firefighters and other first responders, play a vital role in finding human victims who are buried alive in the wreckage. Whatever our political and spiritual persuasions, we can put faith in these magnificent teams doing good for all. – Kaitlin Flynn, Global Animal


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A Swiss rescue worker and a search and rescue dog named Toni prepare to leave for Japan at the Swiss Air Rescue Base in Kloten, Switzerland (CHIEFSWORLD)
Six canine disaster search team based out of Los Angeles, including Bill and dog Hunter (featured above), flew into Japan, arriving on Sunday (Search Dog Foundation)
A German rescue team made up of humans and dogs arrives at Tokyo-Narita airport. (EPA)
U.S. search and rescue dogs sit on cots set up by U.S. and British rescue teams in a school gymnasium in Sumita, northern Japan on Monday. Two search and rescue teams from Fairfax County, Virginia, and Los Angeles County in the U.S., along with a team from the U.K., joined efforts. Around 225 personnel have arrived there to aid earthquake and tsunami victims. (AP/Matt Dunham)
Search and rescue teams (sniffer dogs included) stayed overnight inside a gymnasium in Ofunato City in northeastern Japan. (Search Dog Foundation)
Dog Riley, born in the Bay Area, is now on duty in Japan. She is one of six dogs to be partnered with firefighter handlers to help search through the earthquake and tsuanmi wreckage (Search Dog Foundation)
Los Angeles Task Force Bill Monahan and dog Hunter search through rubble in Japan (Search Dog Foundation)
Members of the U.S. rescue team and sniffer dog search for victims in the tsunami-hit area in Ofunato on Tuesday, four days after the disaster. (AP/Itsuo Inouye)
US rescue workers and dog search a house for survivors in Ofunato on Tuesday. Rescue teams from the US, Britain and China began assisting in the search for survivors of the devasting earthquake and tsunami on March 11. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team member carries one of the group's sniffer dogs to keep him safe from from broken glass at the tsunami-destroyed fish market. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Teams from around the world arrive in Japan to help with the rescue effort. (Toshifumi Kittamura/AFP/Getty Images)
A US rescue dog searches for survivors in Ofunato on Tuesday March 15, 2011, after a devastating 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
A US rescue team sniffer dog from Virginia searches the wreckage of a house for victims during rescue operations in the devastated city of Ofunato on March 15, 2011 as the country struggles to cope following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP)