How You Can Help the Pets of Deployed Military Service Members
Many of our brave soldiers have to make difficult decisions regarding the care of their pets when they're deployed.
Humans aren't the only ones affected when a military service member is deployed. Many times, our brave soldiers are forced to make difficult decisions regarding the care of their pets when they're sent overseas. Unfortunately, that often means arranging for a long-term boarding situation, or worse yet, surrendering their animals.
But there's a way you can help.
Lifehacker recently highlighted Dogs on Deployment, a non-profit organization that connects military members with a network of volunteer fosters able to temporarily board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments. They also help veterans and spouses of members who are dealing with illness or are otherwise unable to care for a pet.
Dogs on Deployments has reportedly helped coordinate fosters for almost 1,800 military service members' pets since it was founded in 2011.
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Got some extra space in your house and your heart? You can find nearby pets in need of a foster parent by plugging in your zip code and searching the listings of fur babies currently looking for a temporary home. Keep in mind that most listings are within a 50-mile radius of a military base.
Want to help but can't take on a foster pet? Dogs on Deployment also accepts donations.
We can't think of a more worthy cause!