Dogs On Deployment

Rating: 4.93 stars   133 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Veterans


PO Box 710286 Santee CA 92072 USA


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.


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:



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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am the National PR Director for Dogs on Deployment and I've been in several positions over the last two years. Dogs on Deployment is easy to be dedicated to as a volunteer because they have a mission and vision that is easy to be passionate about. We are growing and making a difference each day and I am excited to see what the future has for us. If you're not volunteering or contributing to Dogs on Deployment in some way, you're missing out on an amazing group of people and a national following of dedicated volunteers.

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4 people found this review helpful

I absolutely LOVE this organization and what it stands for. Its heart is as big as our nation-wide volunteers, all which share the same love and passion to help our troops and their pets! I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization for nearly 3 years.

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1 person found this review helpful

Shortly after our own dog, Bella, was put to rest, our home was missing a piece that completed it. The thought crossed my mind about being a boarder but I wasn't sure if we were ready to have a dog, especially one that wasn't our own. A couple months went by and I kept perusing the DOD site and my heart broke every time reading all the profiles and pleas for help. At that point, I knew the most unselfish thing we could do was become boarders. This has been the most REWARDING experience our family has been through! We're currently boarding Kaegi, whose owner will not return from Afghanistan until next September and we've also shared our home several times with Chara and Rafael while their owner attends periodic training exercises. A couple of times we've had all 3 dogs which is complete chaos sometimes but we wouldn't have it any other way! We're very proud to tell people what we do. We take care of these dogs as if they were our own and while they don't understand what is happening to them, we make sure to open our hearts and homes unselfishly while providing an invaluable unselfish service to our service members. What an honor!

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