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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

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment provides such an important service for our military families. Pets are family members and it's such a great stress for our soldiers when they don't have options for their pets while they are in service to our country. Dogs on Deployment fills a vital need, keeps animals out of kill shelters and relieves worry and stress for our military families. People are always saying "Support Our Troops" Dogs on Deployment does just that. Every time I share one of their posts or give a donation, I feel am giving to those who give so much to all of America. Dogs on Deployment saw the need and they are working to fill it every day. They are heroes to me, just as our soldiers are.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I fully support Dogs On Deployment. It gives the American public a way to support our military while they protect our freedoms. Pets are often beloved members of our families and if we can offer our military members peace of mind that their pets are safely and lovingly cared for while deployed, we can, in a small way, say thank you for their service to their country.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wish there was some way for more of our troops, to learn about this organization and the wonderful help they give when someone is being deployed and needs a caregiving person for their pet until they return.

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3 Barbara163

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an opportunity to reach out and support our military in a most unusual way. Imagine the stress and heartache of leaving a beloved dog or cat behind. By fostering these animals, while our dedicated service personnel perform their duties on our behalf, we can give them a chance to come home to the joy of the animal that means so much to them. Why not help out now! Foster an animal, make a donation, volunteer to support a local fund raising event.

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2 Mary248

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't have a personal story, but i do believe 100% in this organization. They help find boarders for out military members while deployed and this allows our uniformed personnel NOT worry about their family member and can concentrate on the Mission.

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2 Melanie Taylor M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think they are offering an invaluable service. There is a need and they are filling it!

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2 Cynthia68

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great service.....any military member has enough on their mind protecting and serving our country. Our animals are part of our families and these deployed owners need to have a safe place to care for their family member while deployed. THIS ENABLES THAT TO ACTUALLY HAPPEN!

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DOD is an amazing organization bringing peace of mind to those who are serving our country. Too many of our members of the military have to give away their beloved pets when they are deployed, never seeing them again, never knowing their fate. It is widely known that most animals that are listed on Craiglist "free to a good home" or given away through similar ads in other publications often don't go to a loving home, but are used as bait dogs for fight rings, or otherwise abused. Deployment is a stressful time for both owner and pet and through DOD's nationwide network, loving foster homes are found so that our military personnel are free to focus on their mission and not worry about their pets. They know that they will be reunited at the end of their deployment.

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2 Tina49

Donor

Rating: 5

awesome group supporting our Military members! I am the mother of a marine and love dogs! Hoping my son does not ever have to use this group but grateful that they are here if he is called to leave and serve

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Previous Stories
3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in MN and have been waiting for my chance to sponser a pet from here. As the mom of an Active Marine....I would love to share my home with a DOD pet.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Military members have so many responsibilities and the one overlooked the most is their beloved pets. This is the best organization reaching out to help our Military and their pets! I don't know of any other program dedicated to helping our military with their pets. A great big thank you goes out to the Dogs on Deployment program!

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I find it hard to leave pet behind just to go on vacation. I can't imagine being deployed and having to worry about my pets care. Pets are family to most people and this organization is helping ease the minds of our soldiers that are out protecting our country and our freedom!

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2 Monica53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for DoD has been such a joy, and one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I started doing this last year as a way of coping with the unexpected loss of my Greyhound, Roman, from osteosarcoma. I wasn't ready to adopt a new dog, but needed some "dog presence" in my life. So, when a friend told me about DoD (I think she heard about it on NPR), I leapt at the opportunity to get my dog "fix" and also help out the military folks who are serving our country overseas. I got my first two Deployed Dogs, Athena and Cheech, just a month after losing Roman and I took care of them for a month while their family (who PCS-ed here from FL) got settled in their new home. I had a couple months by myself before my next Deployed Dog, Lucky, came to the house in March. While none of those dogs can ever replace Roman, their love and companionship brings such joy to my life and reminds me of the wonderful relationship that I had with my own dog. Helping service members keep their pets in the family is so important. Doing this has helped -- and is still helping -- me heal.

Thanks to you for starting DoD, and thanks to DoD for giving me this opportunity to serve those who serve our country!

3 Claudia18

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for Dogs on Deployment. My husband was injured in Afghanistan and was send to the Washington DC area. Had it not been for Dogs on Deployment I would have never found the Adiar Family in the Fort Drum, NY area to help me with my dogs. It was nice to be able to leave them with someone and know they where taken care off, it helped ease my mind & let me take care of my husband better. Thank you so much Dogs on Deployment for all you do for our Military members in need.

2 Barbara158

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shortly after our own dog, Bella, was put to rest, our home was missing a piece that completed it. The thought crossed my mind about being a boarder but I wasn't sure if we were ready to have a dog, especially one that wasn't our own. A couple months went by and I kept perusing the DOD site and my heart broke every time reading all the profiles and pleas for help. At that point, I knew the most unselfish thing we could do was become boarders. This has been the most REWARDING experience our family has been through! We're currently boarding Kaegi, whose owner will not return from Afghanistan until next September and we've also shared our home several times with Chara and Rafael while their owner attends periodic training exercises. A couple of times we've had all 3 dogs which is complete chaos sometimes but we wouldn't have it any other way! We're very proud to tell people what we do. We take care of these dogs as if they were our own and while they don't understand what is happening to them, we make sure to open our hearts and homes unselfishly while providing an invaluable unselfish service to our service members. What an honor!

1 Billi B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My journey started back in April when my husband & I decided to get a dog after moving 1200 miles away from our family. He is active duty military and I didn't want to be home alone when he was going to training. The problem was, we couldn't decide on a breed! A friend suggested Dogs On Deployment. So we signed up and within 48 hours we had a "hit!" So a couple days later, we met with Bruno & Kevin. Kevin was being shipped to Korea for a year and thought he had "friends" lined up to take care of Bruno, his 3 year old boxer that he had had only a couple months. Things weren't working out and the vet suggested DoD to Kevin. So our "meet & greet" went great and 3 weeks later, Kevin left for Korea & Bruno came to live with us! That was over 6 months ago and I can't imagine my life without Bruno or Kevin in it. Kevin has gone through a lot over the last 6 months and he says to not have to worry about Bruno has been one of the most amazing gifts anyone could have ever given him. We love him as ours and treated him as such when he needed emergency surgery while Kevin was on a field mission and we had to make life-saving decisions that were thankfully discussed due to the contracts that DoD offers to every client! Since becoming a boarder/foster, my husband and I have attended several events to talk about DoD and get the word out. So much so that I've made it my personal goal to notify as many people as possible living in a military town with 5 military institutions (1 ARMY post, 2 Air Force Bases, 1 Air Force Academy & Norad). Thankfully being a military spouse myself gives me an easier access to many soldiers deploying. My husband is assigned to a unit that deploys a lot so it gives me lots of oppurtunity to get the word out and that's what I plan to do!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DOD is a great organization. The service they provide allows our service men and women to focus on what is important and not worry about their beloved pet(s). Our service men and women do more than their share to help keep our freedoms free. It is great to see an organization that helps our military.

1 Laura171

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do for our military service members and for their pets. Without your organization's help, I know many of these pets would have uncertain futures as our Soldiers are fighting for our country. THANK YOU!

2 Amber49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband has been active duty Navy for 16 years, and we have known many people in the past that had to give up their pets because their backup fell through when it was time for deployment. It was heartbreaking. To some of these single sailors, their dog can sometimes be their only support system. I've known sailors who desperately wanted a pet, but was too afraid of what would happen should they be deployed. I really believe that Dogs on Deployment not only saves some of these sailors from having to surrender their best friends but helps the moral of the Navy overall. Now our sailors can have the love and companionship of a dog and go onto deployment with piece of mind knowing that their best friends will be will be safe while they are gone and waiting for them when they return! Thank you so much DOgs on Deployment!!! I really believe that you have significantly improved Navy life!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in no way involved with Dogs on Deployment, other than sharing their Facebook postings when I know that one of my friends can share to the area where help is needed. However, I remember back at the beginning of the war in Iraq, shelters across Southern California were flooded with military pets. The Shelter closest to bases could not handle the numbers, so sent the dogs and cats on to other shelters rather than begin mass euthanasias. The military pet owners had no options if family could not take their animals. I'd like to see DoD's methods deployed in helping seniors and others with medical crises find proper fosters to care for their pets for a day, a week, a month. One of the leading causes of the elderly and people with chronic conditions ending up in the ER is because they delayed seeking medical care because they had no one they trusted or willing to care for their pets for little or no cost.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Dogs on Deployment through a local news channel and immediately "Liked" them on Facebook. Just before deploying to Afghanistan in 2008, I struggled to find someone to watch my dog for me and eventually settled for my Grandmother's house as a last resort but she only did it as a favor to me. If I had been aware of Dogs on Deployment back then my dog would have been much better taken care of and treated more like family. Fast forward to 2012, I heard about a story through the Dogs on Deployment Facebook page about a Veteran in need and he had two dogs. Through Alisa Johnson, the Founder of Dogs on Deployment, we made the appropriate arrangements. Alisa has personally gone above and beyond to ensure that animals of all kinds are placed into happy homes while their loved one is deployed. She has even helped promote transport of pets from overseas and across the country just to make sure that a deployed military member is at ease with having to leave their beloved pet. I have nothing but good things to say about Dogs on Deployment and happily keep up with their Facebook page!!!!! Thanks Dogs on Deployment for all you do, service members of all branches of the military greatly appreciate your services, dedication, and hard work.