Dogs on Deployment

Rating: 4.98 stars   108 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 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a Local Coordinator for Dogs on Deployment. This has been one of the best experiences I have had working with this organization. All the people I have met and the positive response from the general public has been awesome.

Being a former Navy wife and also in the Army National Guard myself, I know the trials of being in the military. This one small thing that we do has such a major impact with our military members. Having your pet waiting for you when you get home is such an emotional comfort.

Our volunteers and boarders are the best out there!

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?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my son joined the Marine Corps, I knew I wanted to serve our military is some way. Dogs on Deployment is perfect for me in that it allows me to serve two of my favorite things- our military and pets! They're organized, professional, and have been so very patient with me as I learn to navigate the world of volunteering. I'm honored to be a part of this great organization as the Dallas Coordinator.

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I saw a post on Facebook in July of 2014. I immediately went to their website and signed up. I LOVE our country and found I can support our Military and their animals at the same time. Not only do I give my time, but I spread the word of help to Military in need. I have found a wonderful "family" atmosphere among the other volunteers across the United States and the owners encourage you to be a better person, morally, and professionally. Since joining I have taken the position of National Veterans Liaison, where I concentrate on the Veterans side of things. In addition, I also just took on the position of coordinator in my local area. I am proud and honored to be apart of this organization!

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Have been volunteering with Dogs on Deployment for almost 2 years now. I find it a service that is greatly needed and one that is so not known by those we serve. I enjoy meeting people and telling them about all the ways we help service personnel and their pets. If you've ever seen 1 reunion video, you know that what we do makes a difference. It's important. It's needed. We validate peoples feelings that their pets matter. Pets make our lives more whole. If someone is willing to put their life on the line for my freedom, I'm willing to help them come home to everyone they love.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first volunteer experience for DoD was at the Army Ten-Miler Expo. Fabulous turnout. Well organized. Think this is an awesome organization. I'm behind it 110%. Great worthy cause. As a former Army brat, I never had to leave behind an animal but can't imagine how hard it must be for some service personnel.

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

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?

2013

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Great organization to volunteer for, not only do they help other, they also guide you and mentor you on all the aspects of being a non profit

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer for Dogs on Deployment, I have been so impressed with the organization. I have volunteered with the American Red Cross in the past as well as being a board member for a local library system. Yet I will tell you the experience in volunteering with this organization has made a true difference in my life. From meeting exceptional people who want to help our military and their pets ... to seeing the reunions between military members and their pets that fills your heart with joy ... to experiencing the support of communities and businesses to make a difference. It renewed my belief that people and communities come together for a mutual need. Communication and support from the Leadership to the local chapters is excellent. The organization continues to explore how to improve to successfully accomplish the mission --- to give military members peace of mind about their pets during service commitments by providing them the ability to find people and resources able to help them in their time of need. So honored to be a volunteer for Dogs on Deployment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Military members have so many responsibilities and the one overlooked the most is their beloved pets. This is the best organization reaching out to help our Military and their pets! I don't know of any other program dedicated to helping our military with their pets. A great big thank you goes out to the Dogs on Deployment program!

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

It is so well organizated that I won't change anything.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Volunteering for DoD has been such a joy, and one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I started doing this last year as a way of coping with the unexpected loss of my Greyhound, Roman, from osteosarcoma. I wasn't ready to adopt a new dog, but needed some "dog presence" in my life. So, when a friend told me about DoD (I think she heard about it on NPR), I leapt at the opportunity to get my dog "fix" and also help out the military folks who are serving our country overseas. I got my first two Deployed Dogs, Athena and Cheech, just a month after losing Roman and I took care of them for a month while their family (who PCS-ed here from FL) got settled in their new home. I had a couple months by myself before my next Deployed Dog, Lucky, came to the house in March. While none of those dogs can ever replace Roman, their love and companionship brings such joy to my life and reminds me of the wonderful relationship that I had with my own dog. Helping service members keep their pets in the family is so important. Doing this has helped -- and is still helping -- me heal.

Thanks to you for starting DoD, and thanks to DoD for giving me this opportunity to serve those who serve our country!

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

Fix the website. The search function still has a few glitches, e.g., showing me pets in need from the West Coast when I'm looking for people in my area (Northern VA).

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?

2013

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