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Dogs On Deployment

Rating: 4.93 stars   133 reviews 3,173

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Veterans

Address:

PO Box 710286 Santee CA 92072 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to give military member’s peace of mind concerning their pets when it’s time to deploy by providing them with the ability to find people willing to help them. Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit providing a central database for military members to find families and individuals who are willing to board their pets while they are deployed. No pet should ever be surrendered due to a military commitment. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.

Results:

Dogs on Deployment has assisted over 700 military pet owners through boarding and financial assistance since founding in June 2011. DoD has awarded over $60,000 to needing military and veteran families for help with their pet's care during time of emergency or duress.

Target demographics:

Active Duty, Veteran and Wounded Warrior pet owners

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 700 military-owned pets!

Geographic areas served:

National

Programs:

Dogs on Deployment provides the largest, national military-pet foster network, financial assistance to military members and veterans, and education and resources promoting lifelong, responsible pet ownership.

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619-800-3631
www.dogsondeployment.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I work at home and have a busy family... but I wanted to do something to give back to my community and specifically to our military. I love animals... especially dogs... so DoD was the perfect solution! I've been involved with DoD for about 18 months and I have boarded 5 fur babies for military members that were deploying. The service members are so very appreciative! Their fur-kids are their family... and I can't imagine anyone losing their family because of a job! I've found the experiences I've had to be fun, exciting, touching, emotional, happy and fulfilling. I've made many new friends within the DoD team and the military members.
Some people feel like fostering pets would be too emotionally difficult when it came time for them to go back home... but the reality is that it's an incredibly uplifting feeling seeing them go crazy when their mama or papa comes home! It's like babysitting... you know they aren't yours but you take care of them and love them as if they were so they can go back to their family.
Dogs On Deployment allows our military members to fulfill their duties knowing their pets are well cared for! The organization is well run and filled with caring, fun, dedicated people!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with DOD for over a year. Great community for a wonderful cause!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with this organization for 5 years. I love spreading the word about all the services DoD provides to our military members and veterans. I do this through the many awareness/fundraising events we participate in around the Hampton Roads area. Our volunteer coordinator is 1 in a million. She is passionate about what we do and that helps make all of us volunteers want to do more and more with this organization. All of the volunteers I've met through Dogs on Deployment have been the BEST people to work with. We have a lot of fun while working hard.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Every non-profit is chalked full of passionate volunteers. This one is chalked full of passionate volunteers who don't run away from a challenge. During theHampton Roads chapters largest fundraiser we were faced with awful cold, windy, rain and not enough tents. Our volunteers didn't run home or give up. More showed up we made it through the event and the community is still asking when the next one will happen.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My wife and I have been foster Mom and Dad to dozens of dogs over the last decade plus. A couple of years ago we joined Dogs on Deployment as a foster family. I'm retired Navy. We've brought several dogs into our home for DoD, and helped many military members avoid leaving their dog at a shelter. We've experienced adventures and challenges along the way, but our involvement in DoD has added new color to our life's tapestry.

I CAUTION YOU to take another review with a big grain of salt. A few reviews after this one (written October 2015) you'll see someone who gives DoD only one star. Several things about that review are completely in conflict with DoD's primary mission, and the review has a decidedly "canned" feel to it. I would ask that the reviewer please contact Dogs on Deployment, because I believe that person was in some way misled by someone not part of DoD. After having fostered nearly 50 dogs in my life, I've found DoD to be among the most well run organizations I've seen, with integrity beyond reproach. I cannot see that what the reviewer wrote can possibly be the whole story.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer for this organization, I am impressed with their services and resources . They go to great lengths to help as many military members and veterans as they can. Great organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a groomer in a military town, I hear how many of my clients need help finding homes for their pets. I am so glad that I can now refer them to DoD. I have groomed dogs being boarded and them all were in such happy and loving homes. They do amazing work.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I love Dogs on Deployment! Yes I have fostered a dog and two turtles. Happy to do so.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I like that I can help a military member!! By taking care of their pet(s), that's one less thing they have to worry about when they go away.
It's the LEAST I can do!! :-)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

This organization denied me, as a medically retired veteran who is homeless for 4 weeks because my set up housing fell through. all I needed was help with my animal while I was in transitional housing, where she was not allowed for just 4 weeks. I found countless dod boarding volunteers, which I'm sure would have been a perfect fit while I was waiting for my new home. Now I have to give up my dog who I've had for 3 years because this company denied me, a medically retired veteran from getting a profile in order to talk to the volunteers around me. She will be going to the shelter in a few days now because I can't afford boarding and a deposit on a place. As a veteran, I am very disappointed in dogs on deployment, and will never recommend anyone I know to donate to this cause.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I love working with Dogs on Deployment both fundraising and boarding!

 
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