Dogs on Deployment: A Lifeline for Members of the Military and their Pets


Have you ever wondered what happens to a military member’s dog, cat, or other pet when they are deployed many miles away from home for months at a time? Our service men and women cannot always depend upon a nearby family member or friend to take care of their beloved pets on a long-term basis. Introducing Dogs on Deployment, an amazing non-profit organization that connects service members with some very generous volunteers willing to board their pets while they are on deployment or have other service-related commitments.


How did this inspiring organization get its start? Shawn and Alisa Johnson, a dual-duty military couple with a beloved Australian Shepherd named JD, found themselves in a bind when Alisa was due to be sent to training at the same time Shawn would be on deployment. They struggled to find a way to house JD near Alisa. They were about to give up hope when a distant relative who happened to live near Alisa’s training site heard about their plight and offered to take in JD for several months.



Not long after this experience, Alisa and Shawn knew that they had a mission to help other service members in the same situation as they were in, and Dogs on Deployment was born. Dogs on Deployment links service men and women with volunteers all over the U.S. If you’re interested in taking in the pet of a deployed military member, check out the DoD website to find out how to get involved.


Photo credits: Dogs on Deployment Facebook



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