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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

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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.

4

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.

3 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.

5 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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5

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!

4 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!

3 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.

4

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.

5

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.

4

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.

8 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!

4 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!

5 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!

4 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!

5

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).