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Dogs On Deployment

Rating: 4.96 stars   124 reviews 1,478

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  

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love what your organization does! I always watch to see if you have a need in my state. I would be happy to care for an extra pup. It's the least I can do!

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

What a great organization! If I didn't have a temperamental shih tzu, I would gladly take in a pet. The service people serving our country need the peace of mind knowing their pets are well taken care of and safe.
I admire all the volunteers who do this.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

After everything our service men and women do to keep our country safe and free, they certainly deserve to know that their loved ones will be safe while they are gone. If it wasn't for Dogs on Deployment so many more animals would have to be tragically lost because there was no one to look out for them and make sure they were housed in a safe place until their human parent came home. Keep up the great work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I fostered a dog through Dogs on Deployment for a soldier while she was in Afghanistan. It was very rewarding. We kept in touch through Facebook. The reunion was one of the best days of my life. This organization helps keep families whole by finding fosters for deployed service members.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Dogs on Deployment is a very special agency and one I am proud to support. As a former Army wife, and as the mother of a sergeant in Special Forces, I always have a very special place in my heart for those who serve. And, as "the crazy sighthound lady", pets and their well being are especially important to me. So these beautiful people found a need and formed a group to fill it! And they're doing a wonderful job serving the military and their animals! Makes me happy to be able to be a long-term, regular contributor.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

One of the best run and most needed charities in America today! Begun from real need in the community marketplace, this organization has expanded to help both service men and women as well as the companion animals they love when deployed in service for this country. Their 990 IRS form is immaculate and free of problems which plague other such charitable causes. As a non-profit development professional for over two decades I've seen a great number of nonprofits and few have the important cause matched with the integrity of this organization.

 
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I happened to stumble upon Dogs On Deployment on Facebook after a friend had liked their page. Having come from a family with a rich military history and growing up with an undying love for dogs, it was a no-brainer to check them out. I have been an avid volunteer in the past and always struggled to find an organization that did the right thing and had a true moral compass. I did a little homework (actually...a lot of homework) and they seemed to be a great organization with a spotless reputation. The day I saw the post looking for Providence, RI volunteers I immediately knew I was meant to find these guys. Shortly after volunteering I was contacted by the RI coordinator at the time explaining that her husband was going to be changing duty stations and they were looking for a volunteer to step up and take her spot. I was so excited to be presented with this amazing opportunity. I could never have dreamed of passing it up.

I have been now been a coordinator with Dogs On Deployment since July 2014. I have volunteered for many years and have never come across an organization more deserving of my time. Dogs On Deployment advocates for a great cause that is close to my heart. It is an incredibly a well run organization run by ALL volunteers allowing the funding we receive to go directly to those in need. Our group of local coordinators function more as a family, cheering each other on through the highs and lows that come with volunteering. I have never met a more dedicated group of people who put their whole heart and soul into what they do. Aside from the coordinators, our volunteers are everyday heroes who give us their unwavering support and bright smiles during events, fostering opportunities and more. I am extremely proud of Dogs On Deployment as it grows and helps support more and more military families. I look forward to promoting such a great organization for many years to come.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Dogs on Deployment meets such a critical need! I'm on my second military foster. Sadly, when our military members go overseas, no provisions are made for their companion animals. As every animal-lover knows, pets are treasured members of the family. Several years ago, I was in PetSmart and saw a kitty up for adoption because his Dad was going to Iraq and had no one to watch over him. At that time, I had a kitty with diabetes who needed special care, so was not in a position to adopt him. When my Shadow Kitty passed away, I wanted to do my part to see that at least a few other kitties would be waiting for their families after deployment.

My first two kitties were guests at what my friends call Disneyland for Cats for 20 months. My current furry companions will be with me around 30 months. The kitties are a Joy – as are their families!

I am so pleased with my experiences that I have entire albums on Facebook about how to foster with DOD as well as my feelings – including returning the kitties to their families. It’s a bit tough, but very rewarding!

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

None. I am amazed at how well it is run - by volunteers!

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Dogs on Deployment is one of the absolute best non-profits in the world! The good they do for our military members in truly invaluable. My husband and I are taking care of our 3rd pet while a wonderful young man is deployed. Since the dog is a pit bull mix, it's unlikely anyone would have been able to take care of him. I'm so grateful to this wonderful organization because they allow me to feel good about the help I can provide.

Please help them if you can!!

Lisa Buck

 
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