When members of the military are deployed overseas, they need to make arrangements about a number of issues before they leave. One worry they shouldn’t have, however, is care for their pets while they are gone.
Dogs on Deployment, a national nonprofit organization, provides an online network for service members to find volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their deployment. In addition to helping military personnel find volunteer boarders, the organization provides them with peace of mind during their service commitments and resources to help them.
To promote responsible pet ownership, Dogs on Deployment helps military members cover the cost of pet care during emergencies before and during deployment. The nonprofit provides military members with resources about responsible pet ownership and connects with community organizations to ensure that Dogs on Deployment resources are available to military families. The organization also offers financial assistance to get military pets spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.
“Dogs on Deployment can relieve stress for soldiers by making sure their pets are taken care of while they serve our country,” says Phil Alexander, CallingPost founder. “It’s a great way for folks with a heart for animals to support our military personnel.”
Dogs on Deployment was founded in 2011 when a dual service couple, Alisa and Shawn Johnson, received simultaneous military orders. When they realized that no one could care for their dog, they decided to start an organization that would connect military members with volunteers who are willing to board their pets during service commitments.
According to the organization, volunteer foster homes are available in all 50 states and military members should be able to find a boarder within 50 miles of the base where they are stationed. As of early 2016, almost 900 military pets have been placed in foster care, and more than $200,000 has been awarded to military families in need.
Dogs on Deployment sponsors directly affect military members and their pets by improving morale, stability and overall livelihood. For more information, visit dogsondeployment.org.