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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 1000 military pet owners through boarding and financial assistance since founding in June 2011. DoD has awarded over $250,000 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

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment isn't just for dogs! Knowing that, and with our love for cats, we've taken in five total so far for deployed military members. We love that we can help them with their purrbabies in a safe and loving home so the owners don't have to worry. There's enough to worry about when shipping out to begin with.
Our family has helped out at numerous events for DoD, and it's always a good time. We've made life long friends, and will continue to volunteer. Such a great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I became volunteers for this wonderful nonprofit several months ago and participated in the NATO parade in Norfolk. These amazing people who keep this organization moving forward and help deploying military people find a safe home for their pets while they are gone is terrific! I said to myself, " why didn't I think of that"? You can't put a price on peace of mind when you're deployed. This organization is comprised of true animal lovers and they give their all to help our military and their animals! ❤️❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Dogs on Deployment's Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter in 2015 while my husband was deployed. I'd already been following the non-profit on social media for a while and loved the mission to help active duty and veterans with responsible pet ownership. It can be hard in the military to keep your commitment to a pet, even when you have the best intentions to do so. I fell in love with my fellow volunteers who range from civilians, to active duty military members and their families, to veterans.

Once he returned from his deployment , my husband joined right in and even though we've changed duty stations we still stay involved. We've walked in parades, served drinks at events to earn donations, coordinated large fundraisers, and shared the mission of Dogs on Deployment with those who may be interested in fostering and those in need of support.

We have met so many amazing, and caring people being involved in Dogs on Deployment.
This is a great organization, with a great mission! Keeping families together, even the non-human members!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am active duty Navy and my husband and I both volunteer with Dogs on Deployment. We do this because it is an amazing organization that has a sole purpose in helping military service members and veterans with their furry and not so furry children. I love the mission of Dogs on Deployment. I volunteer at events to help get the word out, so these wonderful animals are not dumped in shelters. Thank you to the Hampton Roads Chapter for being an outstanding Non-profit in the Hampton Roads, VA area.

Melissa160

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with DoD pretty much since they were founded. I have volunteered at many various events with the Hampton Roads Chapter. I have watched our chapter grow from doing only a few events when time allowed to a very active chapter that sometimes has multiple events in one day. We do many community events that allow us to tell the public about our cause. We also do all kinds of fundraisers where we can tell people about our cause, but also raise funds for our pet chit program and our expenses. We are always looking for DoD boarders to watch pets while military members are unable to care for them and making sure as many people as possible know about our organization to help reduce the number of pets surrendered due to military commitments. I have volunteered with a lot of organizations, but DoD has been my favorite to work with. The people who run DoD have a passion for what they do and they stay true to their mission. I love that DoD is completely volunteer based.
If you're looking for an awesome organization to donate to or to volunteer with, this is it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with dogs on deployment since spring 2012. I help with tables at events and coordinate with other volunteers.
Dogs on deployment was founded by a wonderful dual military couple who devote a lot of time to helping pets and other military members. The whole concept of DoD is great. They bring people willing to help care for military pets together with those who need the help. They also offer great advice for military families, promote responsible pet owners, and provide some financial aid.
I believe dod is a wonderful organization. They help many military members and save many others from potentially being surrendered to shelters or rescues. This is a great organization to volunteer with at special events, to offer to board pets through, to donate financially to, and to promote on social networks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering for this organization for the first time this summer. The team I was paired with were wonderful people. They made me feel very welcome and I could really see their dedication to this organization. Considering what our active and veteran military have done for us, I could not think of a better way to give back to them. So many people consider their pets family. DOD goes above and beyond helping our active military and veterans keep their pets, help with their pets and just really give support in a great way!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering with Dogs on Deployment for the first time this summer, with the Hampton Roads chapter. This is such a well-received program, specifically in our military-heavy communities. Keep up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom started volunteering for Dogs on Deployment here in Florida, three years ago. I knew what they did but having a toddler it was hard for me to fit it into my schedule. I grew up volunteering because of my mom, she volunteered at my school and extracurricular activities all my life. This was something she demanded we do. She always told us girls, You must give back to your community, not just for others but for yourself, I now know exactly what she was trying to convey. Now, my daughter is now 6 and I have been volunteering for the last year and a half! I have found that when I explain what we do to help, it fills me full of joy. The relief I see in military members faces when I explain about the boarding may be one of the most fulfilling site. I have found a nationwide family that believes in what I believe in, supporting our Military and loving pets. Although, my mom lives 6 hours away, Thanks mom for being a good example.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment is an amazing group of civilians, active duty military, and pets! As someone who has been with a Navy guy for almost a decade, this group has been a phenomenal way to stay involved with our community and military family. I joined DoD when we moved back from husband's overseas duty station in 2014. I got to know the group in Pensacola, FL and now in Hampton Roads, VA.

DoD connects all types of animals to all types of people in order to help support our military (all branches) while they train, deploy, relocate, and deal with random pet issues. I can't imagine volunteering with a better group of people. No matter how many times we move, I'll be involved in DoD in some way. I love being involved with DoD, no matter how many deployments the hubs goes on or how much he's away during training, I will always have a Dogs on Deployment family. We've hosted events, participated in bowling tournaments, served for beer fests, been at dog expos, been at mullet tosses (yep, that's a thing), hosted dog bath days, been at too many animal shelters to count, painted bridges, attended concerts, been to hockey games, and had a blast at everything. You can't beat a group of people who want to support our military AND love animals. :)

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs on Deployment is a very unique nonprofit organization. It is comprised of volunteers from the top to the bottom. These very dedicated volunteers have been instrumental in getting assistance for our military members/veterans and their pets ---- from fostering pets .... to being at community events to spread the word about the free resources and services of Dogs on Deployment ...... to helping fundraise to provide Pet Chit Financial Assistance for the care and treatment of the pets. This is a quality organization with a great group of volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Dogs on Deployment, I have been so impressed with the organization. I have volunteered with the American Red Cross in the past as well as being a board member for a local library system. Yet I will tell you the experience in volunteering with this organization has made a true difference in my life. From meeting exceptional people who want to help our military and their pets ... to seeing the reunions between military members and their pets that fills your heart with joy ... to experiencing the support of communities and businesses to make a difference. It renewed my belief that people and communities come together for a mutual need. Communication and support from the Leadership to the local chapters is excellent. The organization continues to explore how to improve to successfully accomplish the mission --- to give military members peace of mind about their pets during service commitments by providing them the ability to find people and resources able to help them in their time of need. So honored to be a volunteer for Dogs on Deployment.

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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.