Dogs on Deployment
Rating: 4.98 stars 99 reviews
Issues: Animals, Veterans
Location: PO Box 710286 Santee CA 92072 USA
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.
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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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