Dogs On Deployment

Rating: 4.98 stars   119 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.
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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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Dogs on Deployment provides such an important service for our military families. Pets are family members and it's such a great stress for our soldiers when they don't have options for their pets while they are in service to our country. Dogs on Deployment fills a vital need, keeps animals out of kill shelters and relieves worry and stress for our military families. People are always saying "Support Our Troops" Dogs on Deployment does just that. Every time I share one of their posts or give a donation, I feel am giving to those who give so much to all of America. Dogs on Deployment saw the need and they are working to fill it every day. They are heroes to me, just as our soldiers are.

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They seem to be doing everything just right.

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This is a great service.....any military member has enough on their mind protecting and serving our country. Our animals are part of our families and these deployed owners need to have a safe place to care for their family member while deployed. THIS ENABLES THAT TO ACTUALLY HAPPEN!

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awesome group supporting our Military members! I am the mother of a marine and love dogs! Hoping my son does not ever have to use this group but grateful that they are here if he is called to leave and serve

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I live in MN and have been waiting for my chance to sponser a pet from here. As the mom of an Active Marine....I would love to share my home with a DOD pet.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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My company, Halogen Designs, has been working closely with Alisa and Shawn from Dogs on Deployment to improve its website. Dogs on Deployment has definitely stretched every dollar that they receive in order to make the most impact for the deployed military pet owners. I have had the pleasure of helping DoD temporarily fix its current site while the new one is put into place.

I am writing today to confirm what many others have said: that DoD is a very good steward of the donations that it receives and that the money that is donated turns into real, tangible results. If you are considering donating to DoD, either time or money, you can know that your donations are improving the lives of military pet owners.

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

Improve the functionality of the Dogs on Deployment website so that military pet owners and volunteer boarders have an enjoyable, stress-free experience. Finding a temporary home for your pet while you are deployed is a stressful situation already. My company is currently helping DoD improve the site!

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The people of Dogs on Deployment are God's angels on earth. They support the love of our men and women in uniform and their families keep their pets safe while they are on deployment, whether for training or in harm's way.

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not change a thing.

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This organization is desperately needed for a cause so few know about. Until I heard about DOD, I didn't realize how large scale of a problem deployed military personnel have with their pets. DOD is truly serving these wonderful people and their pets while they are deployed.

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Most amazing and inspirational charity, and so needed. I spread the word wherever I can, I think everyone needs to know about this service, it puts minds at rest for those working hard to keep the country safe and I hope it grows to other countries too.

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Be available to foster for them.

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Amazing organization who helps those who often get left behind due to the requirements of the military. As a military spouse with 2 dogs, I 100% support this organization and its cause.

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Such good work they do! I am an Army Mom who volunteers at a shelter and fosters my soldier daughters dog.. The ability for military to know their pets are safe, is HUGE ! Love the mission of DOD! They. Are. Awesome!

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Give more money!

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