Dogs on Deployment

Rating: 4.98 stars   99 reviews

Issues: Animals, Veterans

Location: 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 320 military pet owners through boarding and financial assistance as of July 2013. DoD has awarded nearly $8000 to needing military and veteran families for help with their pet's care during time of emergency or duress.
Target demographics: military members with help with their pet care
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 320 military-owned pets!
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: the largest, national military-pet foster network, financial assistance to military members and veterans, and education and resources promoting lifelong, responsible pet ownership.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

After hearing the sad stories of so many military members having to place their beloved pets in the pound while on deployment, it thrills me to see Dogs on Deployment changing this and making sure the pets are in a loving home environment. God bless Dogs on Deployment. :) Kimberly Leamon - Independent Handler with For Tails Only (www.fortailsonly.com/#Kimberly)

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Dogs on Deployment provides such an important service for our military families. Pets are family members and it's such a great stress for our soldiers when they don't have options for their pets while they are in service to our country. Dogs on Deployment fills a vital need, keeps animals out of kill shelters and relieves worry and stress for our military families. People are always saying "Support Our Troops" Dogs on Deployment does just that. Every time I share one of their posts or give a donation, I feel am giving to those who give so much to all of America. Dogs on Deployment saw the need and they are working to fill it every day. They are heroes to me, just as our soldiers are.

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They seem to be doing everything just right.

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I fully support Dogs On Deployment. It gives the American public a way to support our military while they protect our freedoms. Pets are often beloved members of our families and if we can offer our military members peace of mind that their pets are safely and lovingly cared for while deployed, we can, in a small way, say thank you for their service to their country.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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2014

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I wish there was some way for more of our troops, to learn about this organization and the wonderful help they give when someone is being deployed and needs a caregiving person for their pet until they return.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Urge them to contact their local National Guard directly and let them know of this service designed to help when troops are deployed.

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2014

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This is an opportunity to reach out and support our military in a most unusual way. Imagine the stress and heartache of leaving a beloved dog or cat behind. By fostering these animals, while our dedicated service personnel perform their duties on our behalf, we can give them a chance to come home to the joy of the animal that means so much to them. Why not help out now! Foster an animal, make a donation, volunteer to support a local fund raising event.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I don't have a personal story, but i do believe 100% in this organization. They help find boarders for out military members while deployed and this allows our uniformed personnel NOT worry about their family member and can concentrate on the Mission.

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Life-changing

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2014

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I think they are offering an invaluable service. There is a need and they are filling it!

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great service.....any military member has enough on their mind protecting and serving our country. Our animals are part of our families and these deployed owners need to have a safe place to care for their family member while deployed. THIS ENABLES THAT TO ACTUALLY HAPPEN!

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DOD is an amazing organization bringing peace of mind to those who are serving our country. Too many of our members of the military have to give away their beloved pets when they are deployed, never seeing them again, never knowing their fate. It is widely known that most animals that are listed on Craiglist "free to a good home" or given away through similar ads in other publications often don't go to a loving home, but are used as bait dogs for fight rings, or otherwise abused. Deployment is a stressful time for both owner and pet and through DOD's nationwide network, loving foster homes are found so that our military personnel are free to focus on their mission and not worry about their pets. They know that they will be reunited at the end of their deployment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

In a perfect world, DOD would be included in every member of our military's deployment information so that people know there is an option to giving their beloved pets away permanently.

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Life-changing

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awesome group supporting our Military members! I am the mother of a marine and love dogs! Hoping my son does not ever have to use this group but grateful that they are here if he is called to leave and serve

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I live in MN and have been waiting for my chance to sponser a pet from here. As the mom of an Active Marine....I would love to share my home with a DOD pet.

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Life-changing

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2012

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