Four Ways to Support Military Dogs
Just like their human counterparts, dogs that serve in the military have difficult jobs. They perform duties like sniffing for weapons and searching terrain for land mines and other explosives. Recently, a new law was put in place to ensure that these brave pups get a warm welcome when they come home. The 2016 National Defense and Authorization Act stipulates that military dogs get to return to American soil when they retire and that their handlers get first dibs when it comes to adopting them. You too can help give back to the many dogs that serve our country every day, and here are a few ways to do so.
Share the care
Getting a care package when you’re away is a lovely reminder that somewhere, someone is thinking about you. So why not send one to a working dog? Things like small treats and toys are always appreciated, in addition to health supplies such as eye and ear wipes.
Dogs serving in hot climates sometimes need a little extra help regulating their body temperature. Help these pups chill out by donating to an organization that sends cooling vests to working dogs. Or you can send some over yourself!
Give a hero a home
In some cases, handlers can’t adopt their doggy combat buddies. That’s where you can come in! Find a specialized organization in your area that rehomes military dogs, and adopt a dog yourself. These dogs may need special care as a result of their service, but they are also highly trained and eager to please.
Give to give back
There are several stateside organizations dedicated to helping make retirement for veteran dogs easy, safe and fun. Organizations like these always need donations of time or money, so find one near you and help out!
Any of these tips could be a great way to start honoring the thousands of military dogs who help keep us safe on a daily basis. Do you know any veteran dogs? Share your experience below.
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