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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

161 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered a dog through Dogs on Deployment for a soldier while she was in Afghanistan. It was very rewarding. We kept in touch through Facebook. The reunion was one of the best days of my life. This organization helps keep families whole by finding fosters for deployed service members.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the best run and most needed charities in America today! Begun from real need in the community marketplace, this organization has expanded to help both service men and women as well as the companion animals they love when deployed in service for this country. Their 990 IRS form is immaculate and free of problems which plague other such charitable causes. As a non-profit development professional for over two decades I've seen a great number of nonprofits and few have the important cause matched with the integrity of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I happened to stumble upon Dogs On Deployment on Facebook after a friend had liked their page. Having come from a family with a rich military history and growing up with an undying love for dogs, it was a no-brainer to check them out. I have been an avid volunteer in the past and always struggled to find an organization that did the right thing and had a true moral compass. I did a little homework (actually...a lot of homework) and they seemed to be a great organization with a spotless reputation. The day I saw the post looking for Providence, RI volunteers I immediately knew I was meant to find these guys. Shortly after volunteering I was contacted by the RI coordinator at the time explaining that her husband was going to be changing duty stations and they were looking for a volunteer to step up and take her spot. I was so excited to be presented with this amazing opportunity. I could never have dreamed of passing it up.

I have been now been a coordinator with Dogs On Deployment since July 2014. I have volunteered for many years and have never come across an organization more deserving of my time. Dogs On Deployment advocates for a great cause that is close to my heart. It is an incredibly a well run organization run by ALL volunteers allowing the funding we receive to go directly to those in need. Our group of local coordinators function more as a family, cheering each other on through the highs and lows that come with volunteering. I have never met a more dedicated group of people who put their whole heart and soul into what they do. Aside from the coordinators, our volunteers are everyday heroes who give us their unwavering support and bright smiles during events, fostering opportunities and more. I am extremely proud of Dogs On Deployment as it grows and helps support more and more military families. I look forward to promoting such a great organization for many years to come.

7 Nancy206

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment meets such a critical need! I'm on my second military foster. Sadly, when our military members go overseas, no provisions are made for their companion animals. As every animal-lover knows, pets are treasured members of the family. Several years ago, I was in PetSmart and saw a kitty up for adoption because his Dad was going to Iraq and had no one to watch over him. At that time, I had a kitty with diabetes who needed special care, so was not in a position to adopt him. When my Shadow Kitty passed away, I wanted to do my part to see that at least a few other kitties would be waiting for their families after deployment.

My first two kitties were guests at what my friends call Disneyland for Cats for 20 months. My current furry companions will be with me around 30 months. The kitties are a Joy – as are their families!

I am so pleased with my experiences that I have entire albums on Facebook about how to foster with DOD as well as my feelings – including returning the kitties to their families. It’s a bit tough, but very rewarding!

3 Lisa443

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment is one of the absolute best non-profits in the world! The good they do for our military members in truly invaluable. My husband and I are taking care of our 3rd pet while a wonderful young man is deployed. Since the dog is a pit bull mix, it's unlikely anyone would have been able to take care of him. I'm so grateful to this wonderful organization because they allow me to feel good about the help I can provide.

Please help them if you can!!

Lisa Buck

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are both Veterans and understand how difficult moves and deployments are on families. When we had the opportunity to provide a temporary home for Sarge while he waited for cooler temps so he could fly to be with is Dad in Italy, we were honored. Since then, we have volunteered in different capacities at various events in the Phoenix area to bring awareness of the program to the community. Our Service men and women make so many sacrifices, the least we could do is help them out with temporary housing for their pets while they are in transition, training, or deployed. We have been really blessed working with DoD!

4 Jennifer441

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for this organization is always so much fun! Great people, great pet and a great cause! I'm happy to be a part of it!

3 Jeri R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a military Brat we couldn't have dogs growing up because of quarantine rules going overseas. If we had had dogs we would have had to give them away every other year which would have been heartbreaking! I'm so glad Dogs on Deployment has made it possible for our soldiers to know their dogs are well taken care of and will be waiting for them to come home!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dogs on deployment is an AMAZING organization. How wonderful to help our military members and often times their forget about family members (pets).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm highly impressed with this organization. They have helped my fiancee with vet costs and were very supportive and communicated well during the episode.
Thanks to this, I now volunteer with the group! I have been impressed on the volunteering end as well. Everyone is professional and friendly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first thing that attracted to me to this charity was that it melded military members and pets into a necessary and worthy alliance. The service is free to military members and boarders (no fees) and creates a realistic possibility of soldiers being able to keep their pets, and their financial assistance program for active and retired military is very helpful in easing the financial burden military members face when trying to take care of their pets. As a coordinator of a major American city, working with this charity has been fun and exciting, and the responses I receive when spreading the word about the work they do have been phenomenal.

A soldiers has enough to deal with, and the idea of losing a pet just because of a deployment or training assignment has, no doubt, a huge impact on a soldier's psychological and emotional health. Volunteer, board, support, and donate so we can help more of them keep their pets when they come home.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the National PR Director for Dogs on Deployment and I've been in several positions over the last two years. Dogs on Deployment is easy to be dedicated to as a volunteer because they have a mission and vision that is easy to be passionate about. We are growing and making a difference each day and I am excited to see what the future has for us. If you're not volunteering or contributing to Dogs on Deployment in some way, you're missing out on an amazing group of people and a national following of dedicated volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Local Coordinator for Dogs on Deployment. This has been one of the best experiences I have had working with this organization. All the people I have met and the positive response from the general public has been awesome.

Being a former Navy wife and also in the Army National Guard myself, I know the trials of being in the military. This one small thing that we do has such a major impact with our military members. Having your pet waiting for you when you get home is such an emotional comfort.

Our volunteers and boarders are the best out there!

3 Dorothy N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my son joined the Marine Corps, I knew I wanted to serve our military is some way. Dogs on Deployment is perfect for me in that it allows me to serve two of my favorite things- our military and pets! They're organized, professional, and have been so very patient with me as I learn to navigate the world of volunteering. I'm honored to be a part of this great organization as the Dallas Coordinator.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE this organization and what it stands for. Its heart is as big as our nation-wide volunteers, all which share the same love and passion to help our troops and their pets! I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization for nearly 3 years.

5 klwhite351

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been volunteering with Dogs on Deployment for almost 2 years now. I find it a service that is greatly needed and one that is so not known by those we serve. I enjoy meeting people and telling them about all the ways we help service personnel and their pets. If you've ever seen 1 reunion video, you know that what we do makes a difference. It's important. It's needed. We validate peoples feelings that their pets matter. Pets make our lives more whole. If someone is willing to put their life on the line for my freedom, I'm willing to help them come home to everyone they love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first volunteer experience for DoD was at the Army Ten-Miler Expo. Fabulous turnout. Well organized. Think this is an awesome organization. I'm behind it 110%. Great worthy cause. As a former Army brat, I never had to leave behind an animal but can't imagine how hard it must be for some service personnel.

5 Juan V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to volunteer for, not only do they help other, they also guide you and mentor you on all the aspects of being a non profit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization that truly cares and wants only the best for those it serves!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After hearing the sad stories of so many military members having to place their beloved pets in the pound while on deployment, it thrills me to see Dogs on Deployment changing this and making sure the pets are in a loving home environment. God bless Dogs on Deployment. :) Kimberly Leamon - Independent Handler with For Tails Only (www.fortailsonly.com/#Kimberly)