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Dogs on Deployment

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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 1350 military pet owners through boarding and financial assistance since founding in June 2011. DoD has awarded over $600,000 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.

Community Stories

171 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Jen B.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I watched one reunion story on Facebook and immediately signed up to be a boarder for Dogs on Deployment. Shortly thereafter I met with a gal who had 2 dogs and 1 cat that needed a place to stay for a tour of 6 months. Our meet and greet went great. I took care of them for 8 months and was able to give her a nice welcome home. I took care of some great animals and made a new friend for life. Thank you to dogs on deployment for an amazing program for veterans!

3 Karissa G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my journey as a boarder. After setting up my first deployed pet I realized I wanted to do more. I am now a volunteer as well as a boarder. I can't say enough positive things about DoD, what they stand for, and how they operate. It is an honor to not only volunteer for this organization, but to also help our country's heros when they need pet boarding.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Top notch organization providing a desperately needed service!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering since 2014. I love this organization. I am also a DoD Boarder, I have previously boarded for 2 other Military members. I am now boarding 2 dogs for a USN member, 2 girls Adidas & Zena.
I love that I am able to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are volunteer boarders for Dogs on Deployment. We have hosted three dogs now and are so proud to be a part of this program. It allows us to pawsitively and directly impact military families who need help looking after their pets while serving our country. We look forward to boarding again and hope to inspire others to get involved.

Sophie-11 months boarding
Maggie-four months boarding
Bleu-three months boarding

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6 Joanne W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Boarding dogs for those who serve our country is a rewarding and tangible way of thanking them for their service. Our family has had the pleasure caring for these fur babies and making new friends in the process. I highly recommend you give it a try if you have the ability to do so! You will not regret it!

3 Michelle P A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a deploying, active duty service member in 2017, I needed someone to temporarily take care of my sweet chihuahua Peanut. I discovered a foster family nearby thru Dogs on Deployment and they were simply incredible! Dogs on Deployment is an incredible organization that helps put servicemembers' minds at ease by connecting them with people who want to help the military in some way. Dogs on Deployment is an incredible resource and I'm truly thankful for what they do!

5 Tracy O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great way to help support our dedicated U.S. service men and women.

4 Bethany K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Being a Veteran (sadly without pets) I can say Ive witnessed the heartbreaking situations where members have had to give up their pet because they couldn’t bring them with or find someone to watch them. There have been times where they’ve had to give up their pet overseas because duty didn’t allow them time to help their pet ease into a new environment.

With Dogs on Deployment this worry and heartbreak is eliminated. This organisation takes care of the vetting and background check of the people who will potentially be your pets fill in family. Having the added fear that your pet ends up with someone untrustworthy, with the above mentioned situations, is stress our military members don’t need. I hope to someday be that fill in pet mommy for one of my country’s protectors.

The more coverage and recognition this organisation can get the better. They take the burden, stress, and worry of “what do I do about my pet” away from our service members!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Message: Good evening! I just wanted to take a second to say THANK YOU. I just recently returned from a deployment to Kosovo. Last year when I found out I was deploying, I was in a panic. I have two fur babies, Booger and Boy. I have had my cats for 13 years; they are a part of my family, and I cannot imagine life without them. I was at a loss with what I was going to do with them while I was gone. I live alone and do not have family in the state. I went to a Yellow Ribbon event and came across this company in a briefing. I immediately came home and did some research. I admit when filling out the paperwork, I was not hopeful I would find someone to take my babies. I can honestly say within 15 min of posting my profile Kimberly contacted me and wanted to help me out. I invited her to my house to meet the babies and see their personalities. I knew the minute she walked in the door she was the one. She treated my cats like they were her own. She sent pictures and kept in contact with me. She is an angel as far as I am concerned. When we think of deployments, we often think of families. You guys remember our furbabies, and that means a lot. The ability to know my animals were safe and loved alleviated all anxiety that could have interfered with my ability to take care of my Soldier's and do my job. Deployments are stressful enough; you guys gave me the ability to focus on my job and my guys. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. SSG Carissa Patterson 1-230th AHB Nashville, TN

4 Connie Argetsinger K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently boarding a dog on Deployment (Ellie Rose) while her mom is in the Navy. This has been a very rewarding experience and Ellie has become a part of our family. We keep in touch with her mom by facebook and text. We take lots of pictures and provide her mom access to Ellie by web cam so she can check on her and talk to her at anytime. Her mom sends Ellie bark boxes and she looks forward to opening them. It is hard on our military people and pets to be away from each other. I'm honored to help make that a little easier by being a DoD boarder.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered a wonderful dog while his mom was deployed to Afghanistan. We kept in touch through Facebook and Messenger so she always knew what he was doing. Everyone who met him loved him and he appears in my church directory. The reunion was amazing. Through all this, I gained a great friend. We are still in touch.

5 Valerie K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Have had nothing but the best experiences interacting with military soldiers. These dogs are LOVED! I love my country, so this is the BEST way EVER that I could think of to give back! Thank you DOD for such an awesome idea, community and support to military fur babies throughout the land!❤

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment and its volunteers give it their all to help our military members and veterans and their pets. Not only does Dogs on Deployment assist in helping find a match for boarders it helps so many in emergency situations through their Pet Chit program. So proud to be a part of it. And the organization is

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a customer service representative for DoD, I read a lot of stories from military pet owners who are frantic about what might happen to their pet if they can't find someone to watch them while on deployment or training. It is such a great feeling when I'm able to tell them, "Don't worry, we have people who can help." Thank you to all of our DoD boarders and future DoD boarders. In helping our military in this way, you give them peace of mind. It's one less thing that they have to worry about. This organization is such a blessing to so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment helps many military families keep their furry members during times of Deployment or training. It also plays a large role in assisting them with financial burdens that owning a pet in the military can bring up such as shipping pets overseas. The cost can be so high that many families wouldn’t be able to afford it and would have to leave their pets behind without the assistance of DOD.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering in 2015, and it's been a amazing experience! Not only do I give back in the community with DoD, I do it with my sidekick pup, Maximillion.

4 JacquieNicholsMikolaczyk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at local events in July 2014. I volunteer in and around the Pensacola area. I went from volunteering to volunteering for 3 positions: Pensacola Chapter Coordinator, National Veterans Liasion and Gulf Coast Regional Coordinator. I not only do local volunteering but I also board Buddy The Beagle! Buddy's dad serves with the United States Navy. Buddy and his dad have become a part of our family and I truly love this great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

3 14sheldon

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for this non-profit, I am so pleased to be a part of an organization that can help our military and veterans and their pets. The services provided are so necessary to keep pets a part of any military family as they protect our country. The Hampton Roads Chapter is a large and very active chapter. The volunteers are very involved in the communities ... and the community businesses and organizations are super supportive of Dogs on Deployment. In 2018, the Hampton Roads Chapter was awarded the 2018 Governors Award in Volunteerism and Community Service - Best Community Organization. The chapter was also instrumental in the opening of a new dog park at a local military housing area. Dogs on Deployment provides a much needed service and proud to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment is a very unique nonprofit organization. It is comprised of volunteers from the top to the bottom. These very dedicated volunteers have been instrumental in getting assistance for our military members/veterans and their pets ---- from fostering pets .... to being at community events to spread the word about the free resources and services of Dogs on Deployment ...... to helping fundraise to provide Pet Chit Financial Assistance for the care and treatment of the pets. This is a quality organization with a great group of volunteers.

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5 Christy Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a vital group of people willing and able to help those in service be able to keep protecting without worry on their furry ones. I am proud to be a volunteer!

2 Amanda Hoffman M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family fostered a DoD cat for an Army Reservist for not one, but two deployments, it was & is a joy to give back to those who serve. Being a Navy Family ourselves (married navy children, both of us, and my husband is going on 28 years in the USNR), we understand the sacrifice and dedication of all service members and it is truly a gift to US to be able to serve and give back in this way. Dogs on Deployment made it so easy and relaxed, from providing the vetting of volunteers on all sides, to offering the free "contract' that helped our family and Sgt. Morales nail down the details of the foster situation on the eve of his first deployment, I can't express enough love or gratitude for this amazing charity! We gained a friend in the process, and I can't thank them enough for putting us together!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment isn't just for dogs! Knowing that, and with our love for cats, we've taken in five total so far for deployed military members. We love that we can help them with their purrbabies in a safe and loving home so the owners don't have to worry. There's enough to worry about when shipping out to begin with.
Our family has helped out at numerous events for DoD, and it's always a good time. We've made life long friends, and will continue to volunteer. Such a great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I became volunteers for this wonderful nonprofit several months ago and participated in the NATO parade in Norfolk. These amazing people who keep this organization moving forward and help deploying military people find a safe home for their pets while they are gone is terrific! I said to myself, " why didn't I think of that"? You can't put a price on peace of mind when you're deployed. This organization is comprised of true animal lovers and they give their all to help our military and their animals! ❤️❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Dogs on Deployment's Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter in 2015 while my husband was deployed. I'd already been following the non-profit on social media for a while and loved the mission to help active duty and veterans with responsible pet ownership. It can be hard in the military to keep your commitment to a pet, even when you have the best intentions to do so. I fell in love with my fellow volunteers who range from civilians, to active duty military members and their families, to veterans.

Once he returned from his deployment , my husband joined right in and even though we've changed duty stations we still stay involved. We've walked in parades, served drinks at events to earn donations, coordinated large fundraisers, and shared the mission of Dogs on Deployment with those who may be interested in fostering and those in need of support.

We have met so many amazing, and caring people being involved in Dogs on Deployment.
This is a great organization, with a great mission! Keeping families together, even the non-human members!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am active duty Navy and my husband and I both volunteer with Dogs on Deployment. We do this because it is an amazing organization that has a sole purpose in helping military service members and veterans with their furry and not so furry children. I love the mission of Dogs on Deployment. I volunteer at events to help get the word out, so these wonderful animals are not dumped in shelters. Thank you to the Hampton Roads Chapter for being an outstanding Non-profit in the Hampton Roads, VA area.

1 Melissa160

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with DoD pretty much since they were founded. I have volunteered at many various events with the Hampton Roads Chapter. I have watched our chapter grow from doing only a few events when time allowed to a very active chapter that sometimes has multiple events in one day. We do many community events that allow us to tell the public about our cause. We also do all kinds of fundraisers where we can tell people about our cause, but also raise funds for our pet chit program and our expenses. We are always looking for DoD boarders to watch pets while military members are unable to care for them and making sure as many people as possible know about our organization to help reduce the number of pets surrendered due to military commitments. I have volunteered with a lot of organizations, but DoD has been my favorite to work with. The people who run DoD have a passion for what they do and they stay true to their mission. I love that DoD is completely volunteer based.
If you're looking for an awesome organization to donate to or to volunteer with, this is it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with dogs on deployment since spring 2012. I help with tables at events and coordinate with other volunteers.
Dogs on deployment was founded by a wonderful dual military couple who devote a lot of time to helping pets and other military members. The whole concept of DoD is great. They bring people willing to help care for military pets together with those who need the help. They also offer great advice for military families, promote responsible pet owners, and provide some financial aid.
I believe dod is a wonderful organization. They help many military members and save many others from potentially being surrendered to shelters or rescues. This is a great organization to volunteer with at special events, to offer to board pets through, to donate financially to, and to promote on social networks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering for this organization for the first time this summer. The team I was paired with were wonderful people. They made me feel very welcome and I could really see their dedication to this organization. Considering what our active and veteran military have done for us, I could not think of a better way to give back to them. So many people consider their pets family. DOD goes above and beyond helping our active military and veterans keep their pets, help with their pets and just really give support in a great way!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering with Dogs on Deployment for the first time this summer, with the Hampton Roads chapter. This is such a well-received program, specifically in our military-heavy communities. Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom started volunteering for Dogs on Deployment here in Florida, three years ago. I knew what they did but having a toddler it was hard for me to fit it into my schedule. I grew up volunteering because of my mom, she volunteered at my school and extracurricular activities all my life. This was something she demanded we do. She always told us girls, You must give back to your community, not just for others but for yourself, I now know exactly what she was trying to convey. Now, my daughter is now 6 and I have been volunteering for the last year and a half! I have found that when I explain what we do to help, it fills me full of joy. The relief I see in military members faces when I explain about the boarding may be one of the most fulfilling site. I have found a nationwide family that believes in what I believe in, supporting our Military and loving pets. Although, my mom lives 6 hours away, Thanks mom for being a good example.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment is an amazing group of civilians, active duty military, and pets! As someone who has been with a Navy guy for almost a decade, this group has been a phenomenal way to stay involved with our community and military family. I joined DoD when we moved back from husband's overseas duty station in 2014. I got to know the group in Pensacola, FL and now in Hampton Roads, VA.

DoD connects all types of animals to all types of people in order to help support our military (all branches) while they train, deploy, relocate, and deal with random pet issues. I can't imagine volunteering with a better group of people. No matter how many times we move, I'll be involved in DoD in some way. I love being involved with DoD, no matter how many deployments the hubs goes on or how much he's away during training, I will always have a Dogs on Deployment family. We've hosted events, participated in bowling tournaments, served for beer fests, been at dog expos, been at mullet tosses (yep, that's a thing), hosted dog bath days, been at too many animal shelters to count, painted bridges, attended concerts, been to hockey games, and had a blast at everything. You can't beat a group of people who want to support our military AND love animals. :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Dogs on Deployment for 3 years. My girlfriend shared your charity and thought this is something we could do together. I am a USMC veteran. I am always looking for ways to be involved with our veterans in our area. One of the things I like is the Pet Chit program, It is another possible way for military families to be responsible pet owner. We have made some wonderful friends while volunteering and feel we are part of a nationwide family. Even when traveling we reach out to other volunteers and tell them we will be in your area and end up meeting. We love Dogs on Deployment!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Dogs on Deployment for over 2 years now and I cannot say enough about the amazing things that they do for military service members and their pets. My husband is in the military and has worked side by side with a few individuals, while on deployments, whose pets were being fostered by Dogs on Deployment foster volunteers. The peace of mind that they had knowing their fur family members were being snuggled and cared for by a loving family meant the entire world to them and gave them peace of mind. Our service members shouldn't have to surrender or worry about their pets while they are away protecting our country. I could go on and on about how much I love this organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You don't need to be military to know that Dogs on Deployment is a wonderful organization that fills a big need in the military community! I cannot imagine what it would feel like to have to give up a pet if a foster home could not be found - it would be unimaginable! Dogs on Deployment is there for the military furbabies, finding them a compatible and loving home to "vacation" in while their moms and dads serve our country. Hard to put into words the comfort this must bring to those serving in the military. Check out their homecoming videos to actually "feel" what it's like to be reunited with their pets!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Dogs on Deployment with the Hampton Roads Chapter and what a great organization to be a part of! Everyone helps each other and best of all, pets are placed in loving homes for our Military men and women so they can defend our great country with ease of knowing their pets are in great hands. Our local chapter stays involved with many events on and off base to raise awareness so that Military members do not feel like they have to surrender their pets to local shelters. KUDOS to Dogs on Deployment...proud to be a volunteer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of a Mardi Gras Krewe. We were looking for a charity to support that helped our local veterans. We were given Jacquie's name. She came out and told us how they help veterans and their pets. Since most of our Krewe are animal owners, this seemed like a great cause to sponsor. We are glad to be helping them raise money to take care of our veteran's animals!