I heard about Dogs on Deployment through social media and thought it was a fabulous idea. I registered as a volunteer foster and am currently fostering a wonderful dog while his owner is deployed. This sweet pup came to us as an emergency placement when his current foster was unable to continuing caring for him. His poor owner was already deployed overseas and so stressed out about needing to find a home for his beloved pup while dealing with limited communication abilities. He was able to talk to a coordinator at DoD and was given my number. Within two hours of talking to him for the first time, his pup was home with my family. Upon hearing that his pup was safe and happy, the obvious reduction in this young man's stress level was all the thanks I could ever ask for. Shortly after his deployment, this pup was involved in an accident that required several surgeries. Dogs On Deployment was a great support for his owner and helped with medical bills. This may be my first time fostering for this great organization, but it won't be my last. I've loved this pup like my own and, while it will be sad to see him go, it will be incredibly rewarding to see him reunited with his owner, right where he belongs.
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!
I have volunteered with DOD for over a year. Great community for a wonderful cause!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love Dogs on Deployment! Yes I have fostered a dog and two turtles. Happy to do so.
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!! :-)
Review from Guidestar
I love working with Dogs on Deployment both fundraising and boarding!
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.