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Dogs on Deployment

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Military & Veterans Organizations

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

161 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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!

2

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!

1

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!

1

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!

1

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!

2 DreDiego

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Dogs on Deployment since November of 2012 and have loved every minute of it. Being a single, active duty sailor in the US Navy, I love being part of an organization that helps people who are just like me. We don't always live near our families, and when we are called to serve our country, and are unable to take our pets with us it means so much to know that there is a huge network of loving families and boarders who understand how important our pets are to us and are able to provide us with the security and peace of mind we need so we are able to do our jobs and do our jobs well.

3 Allison M

Board Member

Rating: 5

I absolutely love being a part of Dogs on Deployment. I serve as the Executive Director, but also volunteer locally, have been a DoD Boarder and sit on the Board of Directors. I got involved after seeing DoD on social media and just fell in love with the cause. As a pet owner, I couldn't imagine being faced with no other choice than to give up my dog. Over the past few years, we have grown so much as an organization and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

4 Linda408

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Dogs on Deployment through social media and thought it was a fabulous idea. I registered as a volunteer foster and am currently fostering a wonderful dog while his owner is deployed. This sweet pup came to us as an emergency placement when his current foster was unable to continuing caring for him. His poor owner was already deployed overseas and so stressed out about needing to find a home for his beloved pup while dealing with limited communication abilities. He was able to talk to a coordinator at DoD and was given my number. Within two hours of talking to him for the first time, his pup was home with my family. Upon hearing that his pup was safe and happy, the obvious reduction in this young man's stress level was all the thanks I could ever ask for. Shortly after his deployment, this pup was involved in an accident that required several surgeries. Dogs On Deployment was a great support for his owner and helped with medical bills. This may be my first time fostering for this great organization, but it won't be my last. I've loved this pup like my own and, while it will be sad to see him go, it will be incredibly rewarding to see him reunited with his owner, right where he belongs.

5 KaraMia

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work at home and have a busy family... but I wanted to do something to give back to my community and specifically to our military. I love animals... especially dogs... so DoD was the perfect solution! I've been involved with DoD for about 18 months and I have boarded 5 fur babies for military members that were deploying. The service members are so very appreciative! Their fur-kids are their family... and I can't imagine anyone losing their family because of a job! I've found the experiences I've had to be fun, exciting, touching, emotional, happy and fulfilling. I've made many new friends within the DoD team and the military members.
Some people feel like fostering pets would be too emotionally difficult when it came time for them to go back home... but the reality is that it's an incredibly uplifting feeling seeing them go crazy when their mama or papa comes home! It's like babysitting... you know they aren't yours but you take care of them and love them as if they were so they can go back to their family.
Dogs On Deployment allows our military members to fulfill their duties knowing their pets are well cared for! The organization is well run and filled with caring, fun, dedicated people!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with DOD for over a year. Great community for a wonderful cause!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this organization for 5 years. I love spreading the word about all the services DoD provides to our military members and veterans. I do this through the many awareness/fundraising events we participate in around the Hampton Roads area. Our volunteer coordinator is 1 in a million. She is passionate about what we do and that helps make all of us volunteers want to do more and more with this organization. All of the volunteers I've met through Dogs on Deployment have been the BEST people to work with. We have a lot of fun while working hard.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been foster Mom and Dad to dozens of dogs over the last decade plus. A couple of years ago we joined Dogs on Deployment as a foster family. I'm retired Navy. We've brought several dogs into our home for DoD, and helped many military members avoid leaving their dog at a shelter. We've experienced adventures and challenges along the way, but our involvement in DoD has added new color to our life's tapestry.

I CAUTION YOU to take another review with a big grain of salt. A few reviews after this one (written October 2015) you'll see someone who gives DoD only one star. Several things about that review are completely in conflict with DoD's primary mission, and the review has a decidedly "canned" feel to it. I would ask that the reviewer please contact Dogs on Deployment, because I believe that person was in some way misled by someone not part of DoD. After having fostered nearly 50 dogs in my life, I've found DoD to be among the most well run organizations I've seen, with integrity beyond reproach. I cannot see that what the reviewer wrote can possibly be the whole story.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for this organization, I am impressed with their services and resources . They go to great lengths to help as many military members and veterans as they can. Great organization.

2 Jennifer516

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a groomer in a military town, I hear how many of my clients need help finding homes for their pets. I am so glad that I can now refer them to DoD. I have groomed dogs being boarded and them all were in such happy and loving homes. They do amazing work.

4 Jo-Anne T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Dogs on Deployment! Yes I have fostered a dog and two turtles. Happy to do so.

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like that I can help a military member!! By taking care of their pet(s), that's one less thing they have to worry about when they go away.
It's the LEAST I can do!! :-)

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization denied me, as a medically retired veteran who is homeless for 4 weeks because my set up housing fell through. all I needed was help with my animal while I was in transitional housing, where she was not allowed for just 4 weeks. I found countless dod boarding volunteers, which I'm sure would have been a perfect fit while I was waiting for my new home. Now I have to give up my dog who I've had for 3 years because this company denied me, a medically retired veteran from getting a profile in order to talk to the volunteers around me. She will be going to the shelter in a few days now because I can't afford boarding and a deposit on a place. As a veteran, I am very disappointed in dogs on deployment, and will never recommend anyone I know to donate to this cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Dogs on Deployment both fundraising and boarding!

3 Chris191

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what your organization does! I always watch to see if you have a need in my state. I would be happy to care for an extra pup. It's the least I can do!

2 Alice46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

What a great organization! If I didn't have a temperamental shih tzu, I would gladly take in a pet. The service people serving our country need the peace of mind knowing their pets are well taken care of and safe.
I admire all the volunteers who do this.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After everything our service men and women do to keep our country safe and free, they certainly deserve to know that their loved ones will be safe while they are gone. If it wasn't for Dogs on Deployment so many more animals would have to be tragically lost because there was no one to look out for them and make sure they were housed in a safe place until their human parent came home. Keep up the great work.