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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

2 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!

2 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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4 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!

4 Tracy O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3 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.

4 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!

2 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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4 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!