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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.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 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.


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.


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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization was started and is still lead by an active duty military married couple. Having helped to start a 501c3 org for animal rescue myself, I know the time and dedication it takes to make this work!
Dogs have an amazing ability to heal the mind, body and soul; who on this planet deserves a dog more than a member of the military? Anyone who will put their life on the line to make my family's lives better deserves every advantage to stay healthy and "whole" that we can give them in return.
The organization has some amazing volunteers that help keep everything going; just as with any other small non-profit, they are essential and unpaid personnel.
If you can give even $1, please donate to this cause.