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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Advancing the safety and well-being of animals.

Results: Shelter Grant Program: We’ve helped hundreds of Animal Shelters since 2007! Operation Baghdad Pups: We’ve helped over 600 U.S. Soldiers’ Animals since 2008! Educational Programs: We’ve reached hundreds of thousands of people and animals worldwide! Spay and Neuter: We’ve sterilized thousands of animals and distributed millions of dollars in veterinary supply aid since 2009! Operation Military Pets: We've helped over 500 Military Families since 2013!

Target demographics: Animals in Need

Direct beneficiaries per year: Tens of thousands of animals

Geographic areas served: The United States and Worldwide

Programs: Shelter Support, Operation Baghdad Pups, Operation Military Pets, Spay and Neuter, and Education Initiatives.

Community Stories

157 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love SPCA!
Helped with bringing our family dog in our military journey around the world.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Relocating can be very difficult especially when relocating overseas. I was stationed in South Korea while my spouse stayed back in North Dakota for a year so relocating while geographically separated was even harder. The Biala family wants to personally thank SPCA International for ensuring that our family is complete at our new duty station Sigonella, Italy!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people that work for SPCA International are amazing. My husband Jake is deployed right now in the Middle East and he rescued a puppy almost as soon as he arrived over there. He found this newborn puppy starved, abandoned, and near death. This unfortunately is the state of so many dogs and animals over where he is. No one takes ownership of them, and they are left to die. Jake saved this pup, fed him, nursed him back to health, and formed a special bond with him. We learned about SPCA International and Operation Baghdad Pups and were overjoyed to find out that we could get this dog home and give him a new life! The people at SPCA International went to work immediately to make this happen. They picked up our puppy, took him to their established kennel, and started him on the journey of getting home. Their vet vaccinated him and made sure he was healthy and strong enough to travel, and their workers took great care of him. We received photos of him and weekly reports letting us know he was safe and happy. Months passed and finally it was his turn to come into the states!! This past Monday I picked our sweet boy up from the airport! The folks at SPCA International save animals lives, that's for sure. But they also helped our family and so many other families stay connected while a loved one is deployed. We have been looking forward to this for months, and now its so special that our family gets to love on and get to know the pup that Daddy has been with while he's been away from us. We can't wait for our soldier and his dog to be reunited! It has been a joyous and bonding experience. And would never have been possible without SPCA International and Operation Baghdad Pups. A special thank you to Lori and Kurdo for keeping us informed throughout the entire journey and for organizing and seeing through the entire process. They are truly some of Earth's angels. We are sothankful for our new puppy, Major, and so thankful for this experience. Thank you SPCA International and Operation Baghdad Pups! From the bottom of our hearts!!

Sincerely,
Loni Briley

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for the help getting our two dogs to Puerto Rico. Easy application process from start to finish. Despite what many people believe, the military does not pay for your entire move and members are left to cover sometimes thousands of dollars in costs. This grant helped ease the financial burden on my family. Highly recommend to anyone in the military moving with pets overseas.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization, they really went all out in making sure frank made it home, there isnt enough good things to say about the SPCAI.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have brought so much joy into our family! The happiness of getting our puppy yesterday was unreal! This organization is such a blessing! Everyone is so caring and very helpful towards everything ❤ I can't ever express the happiness I have in my heart for them!

1 mddulac

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to share my story of Rooster the Iraqi dog with you…

I went to Iraq for a one year contract for work, away from my family and knowing no one. We have always had dogs as a part of our family and at that time we had four in Florida. I went to work one day and someone said there were puppies next door in the vehicle maintenance hangar ran by the Turkish mechanics. Me being the dog guy I am went over immediately to find that these guys had found and taken in 3 puppies from the same liter and made them their own.

From that time till I left, I helped take care of them, feed them, bathe and play with all three. Of course I was most drawn to the runt of the group who was and is my Rooster. He was afraid and unsure of people period seeing how he was a wild dog living on a military base with an expectancy to survive not much past a year in the conditions he was born into.

The men who took them in gave them the best care they could with what they had available. There were no Home Depots or Pets Marts. Building dog houses, a fenced in area and eventually a good size gated pen. Good thing they did because with word spreading amongst the other contractors on base, they became more popular and had many visitors. The 3 original dogs turned into 16 in one pen and we took care of them with what we had. Lots of folks pitched in whether it was buying toys and bringing them back from their R&R or feeding them left overs from their meals. Some simply came just to be and play with them, filling that void…missing their own pets at home.

We would bring them food for breakfast and was a great way to start our mornings feeding them…they knew we were coming every morning and reacted to the white take out trays filled with breakfast for them. Of course the whole scenario took place again for lunch. We were even fortunate enough to get a few bags of dog food for them which was hard to get!

Making friends with the deployed contractor veterinarian was a key part of this story…she not only told me about the SPCAI sending animals home for military and contractors deployed to these locations for free but she also gave up some of her personal time to look at the pups and help us keep them as healthy as possible. To me this was the most amazing thing I could possibly learn and so the process began by asking permission from the men who found them if I could take Rooster home to the US.

Hesitant at first but they agreed and they knew he would have a much better life with me. My decision led to others wanting to do the same. With the unbelievable efforts by the SPCAI and their worldwide team, all 16 puppies were taken to a better facility north of us where they would do their in country quarantine, be vaccinated and be properly taken care of until it was time to make that trip to the US. Mind you, all provided by the SPCAI at no cost to the person wanting the dog.



Without the amazing services and selfless efforts provided by the SPCAI none of this would have ever happened. Their money that they spend is provided by countless generous individuals who all believe in the same thing…Every animal deserves a chance to live a good life. It is an incredible organization saving animals all over the world. Just in Iraq alone they have saved over 700 animals and are now with their new forever families throughout the US.

I am so grateful to everyone involved in this and to the people who I have never met who worked so hard to get my puppy home safely and healthy! I cannot stress enough that none of this would happen without your generous donations, big or small…it all counts and puts big hearted animal loving people with the pets they found, adopted and wanted to have as their own in a better place.

Rooster is now in Florida with his new K-9 family and humans…5 dogs now total. I would not have it any other way…This dog made all the difference in my life the last three months in a not so friendly and unforgiving place.

Thank you with all my heart to each and every one who was part of Rooster’s amazing journey. Mostly to the SPCAI organization…Keep doing that great stuff you do…One animal at a time!

Forever grateful:
Mr. D. “Roosters Dad”

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is part of the military living overseas and we just experienced our first move to our next location. Since we purchased our dog when we first moved overseas we had no idea the amount of money it would take to have our pet relocated with us. With our time to relocate to the next stations approaching soon and not having the funds to relocate our pet with us, we submitted a grant to SPCA international who was able to step in and help us with the expenses of bringing our dog with us. Our family couldn't be grateful enough for the wonders this organizations does for families and their pets. Thank you again SPCA International and we hope you are able to continue to keep families together!

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first found out about this group through my cousin I was a little skeptical at first. I fell in love with two particular puppies of which I had only seen pictures of at that particular time but that didn't matter to me I loved them and I knew one day I would get to bring them home. Unfortunately one of my babies passed away. In the end I still ended up getting one of my babies along with two other puppies that I just couldn't bare to part with this group really dedicated themselves to making sure my baby made it home to me as well as his health and all the love they showed him along the way

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There is nothing more praise worthy than a note-for-profit that is created to help others. SPCA International is that not-for-profit. They set the bar so high that this organization should be the template for all other companies whether they are not for profit or for profit.
SPCA International has a program that rescues dogs and cats from Iraq. This program is called Operation Baghdad pups. While serving overseas in Iraq, my husband befriended a stray dog that we referred to as Mommie, since she was days away from giving birth. Sadly the puppies all passed away within 3 months. He feel in love with her over the months of her following him around during his day. We knew he would one day leave Iraq and return home and he was devastated with the notion of leaving Mommie behind. We sent an application to SPCAI to be considered for the Operation Baghdad pups program and we were told they would love to help us bring Mommie back to the US to her forever home with us. While in Iraq, there were many life threatening incidents along the way for our new furry family member and with every harrowing incident in this war torn country, Lori Kalef , the program manager, stepped in and rescued Mommie from hell by contacting people who worked, in Iraq, with SPCAI. She knew just who to call to fix the situation until it was time for Mommie to fly home. She was there for us, all hours of the day and night and I have never meet anyone with this much love to help others. She doesn’t see this as a job, she sees this as the success to her life and that is to bring joy to others whether they are humans or animals. With all the awful things that are happening to our world, it was wonderful to work with an organization that is there to do all they can to make this world right….If only for our furry family members and their loved ones.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a military family moving from Guam to Alaska, a very difficult and expensive move. We adopted 2 stray dogs who grew up bigger than we thought but we knew that we could never just leave them here. Thanks to the SPCAI, our furbabies will be coming with us to our new home! I'm not sure how we could have afforded it without their help.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a USAF family stationed in England and returning home to the U.S.
The military does not provide provisions for military families with pets. This is an out-of-pocket expense for us in the middle of an already expensive and stressful time.
The logistics alone to make sure our furry family members stay with our family while travelling overseas is tremendous. Add in the cost and it can be overwhelming.
We read about SPCA offering to help with the travel costs to military families with pets and applied.
We shipped the dogs over to England with us at a cost of around $2,600 four years ago. We originally heard that it was much cheaper to ship the dogs back to the U.S. However, customs fees have increased, shipping with a certified pet carrier became mandatory, and the costs increased about $1,000 more than what we originally anticipated.
With the help of SPCA this cost was covered through donations and we are eternally grateful.
Our two dogs have been in our lives for 12 and 7 years, respectfully. There is no way we would ever leave them behind.
Not having to suffer financially to keep them with us is priceless during such an already difficult situation.
We are eternally grateful that this program exists for us and other military families.

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!
The Walters Family

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a puppy while deployed to Kuwait who I would take care of every day. I built a dog house and brought food every day. I was able to bring her to a shelter to receive better care. After waiting until she was of age, we were finally able to send her back to the states. This orginization handled everything top to bottom and was able to get my puppy (Liberty) home safely. I can't say enough about the professionalism and dedication the SPCA has. They made my dream come true.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The SPCA was awesome. While deployed to Iraq, our team members quickly became friends with a female dog that was very friendly. About a few weeks into my deployment, she had 8 healthy puppies. These puppies and mom had little chance of survival. The pups were born under an old building and there was an order on the base to put wild animals down. Myself and countless other members brought the pups to our workplace and constructed a dog house to house the entire family. We got to see the pups every time we came to work. They were an inspiration. Mama (Jasmine) was good to the pups and stayed with them while they nursed. When old enough she would travel a quarter of a mile to bring back a single sausage for the pups to share. Obviously we would bring the entire family food fro the chow hall because mom could not feed everybody. We reached out to the SPCA to help get this family out. It is my belief that all would perish or be put down without their intervention. This organization was amazing. They worked with all agencies to include our installation to provide a way out. We were able to get the mom and all 8 pups out on a contracted flight to a larger facility. The SPCA took it from there. They vaccinated and cared for the mom and puppies for the next few months. They asked nothing in return. Vaccinations had to run their course with a minimum waiting time. Once cleared, the SPCA flew all 8 pups and their mom to the United States. All dogs were shipped to different states and cared for along the way. The SPCA asked for nothing. I have chatted with several folks who received the puppies. All are doing well and thriving to include my own. I cannot say enough about the organization. I am sure that this whole family would have perished by starvation on shot without their help. It truly is a shining moment out of all the hate going on in the world.

David

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Client Served

Rating: 5

While on a recent deployment, I had the opportunity to engage/befriend a local dog that would frequent our site. During this time, she also had puppies. Unfortunately, its not "kosher" to have pets in areas like this and we were trying to care for and protect the pups as much as possible. Lucky for us, SPCA International was able to helps get all the puppies to safety and onto incredible adopted families stateside. Our puppy, Libby, was finally able to be reunited with us in the states this past week. We can't begin to express our thanks for the hard work of Lori and the folks at SPCA International for protecting and getting our pup to us. Thanks again!

Megan155

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband got orders to Hawaii we weren't sure how we were gonna pay for our fur baby to fly out with us. Luckily, we heard about the SPCA and their program to help military families pay for the cost associated with flying their pets to the military members new duty station. We applied as soon as we heard! About a month later the SPCA approved our application and deposited the grant into our account. Our family is forever greatful! Without help from the SPCA we would have had to leave our pup with family members until we were able to pay out of pocket. The SPCA saved our family the worry, and heartache, of having to be seperated.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The SPCA international grant for military families to get their pets home is amazing! They helped us get our dogs home and it was a easy process. The people are great to work with and help you with any questions you may have. Our family is so blessed to have the SPCA provide a grant for us so we can have our fur babies finally home with us!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Its quite expensive PCS'ing with pets overseas. I received a grant from SPCA in a timely manner! No hassle at all, thank you guys so much!

Review from Guidestar

Chassity B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were put in touch with this organization to help offset some of the cost on moving our dog from England to Hawaii. The people that we worked with were informative and helpful and made the process easy to complete. We are so thankful for the help that we received as my father suddenly passed away 2 months before our PCS and we had to used the money set aside for shipping our dog to help bury my dad. We thought that we were going to loose our family pet that we have had for many years. The cost to ship him was several thousand dollars. We were blessed to find SPCA International to help bring him with us. Many thanks for all this great organization does to help keep families whole and intact.

Review from Guidestar

Albena T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for helping us get our beloved girl Petunia back to the states with us!

Review from Guidestar