Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dogs on Deployment

I would like to share with you one of my favorite 501(c)(3) organizations: Dogs on Deployment (DOD). This organization helps military members find foster homes for their animals while they are on deployment. This is a need that most of us that are not in the military probably don't even think about. But often, if a military member cannot find someone to look after their pet while deployed, their pet ends up in a shelter.

DOD was started in 2011 by husband and wife, Shawn and Alisa Johnson, after they ran into their own obstacles while trying to find a way to keep their dog and fulfill their military commitments. (Read full story here) Since then, DOD has successfully place over 500 military owned pets into foster care. AND:
  • Have awarded over $15,000 in financial aid to military members to help with pet care during times of hardship or emergency. 
  • They help active duty, veterans and Wounded Warriors. 
  • Assist all branches of the Armed Forces.
  • They are open to all animals (not just dogs!)
  • Promote awareness for the benefits of service dogs for those suffering with PTS.
  • Advocate standardized military pet policies.
  • Promote lifelong companionship between owners and their pets.  
For more information, please visit their website or "like" them on Facebook!  

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