I've been involved with Dogs on Deployment since November of 2012 and have loved every minute of it. Being a single, active duty sailor in the US Navy, I love being part of an organization that helps people who are just like me. We don't always live near our families, and when we are called to serve our country, and are unable to take our pets with us it means so much to know that there is a huge network of loving families and boarders who understand how important our pets are to us and are able to provide us with the security and peace of mind we need so we are able to do our jobs and do our jobs well.
I absolutely love being a part of Dogs on Deployment. I serve as the Executive Director, but also volunteer locally, have been a DoD Boarder and sit on the Board of Directors. I got involved after seeing DoD on social media and just fell in love with the cause. As a pet owner, I couldn't imagine being faced with no other choice than to give up my dog. Over the past few years, we have grown so much as an organization and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!
I am the National PR Director for Dogs on Deployment and I've been in several positions over the last two years. Dogs on Deployment is easy to be dedicated to as a volunteer because they have a mission and vision that is easy to be passionate about. We are growing and making a difference each day and I am excited to see what the future has for us. If you're not volunteering or contributing to Dogs on Deployment in some way, you're missing out on an amazing group of people and a national following of dedicated volunteers.
I absolutely LOVE this organization and what it stands for. Its heart is as big as our nation-wide volunteers, all which share the same love and passion to help our troops and their pets! I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization for nearly 3 years.
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!