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Beer, Dogs and Veterans - Dogs on Deployments First-Ever Fundraiser

November 3, 2013

SANTEE, CA - Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides the largest online network for military members to search for volunteers willing to board their pets during their service commitments, such as deployments or training. Going further, Dogs on Deployment provides financial assistance to military pet owners, aids homeless veterans and their pets, advocates for the military-pet community and promotes responsible pet ownership, saving pets from needlessly being relinquished to shelters due to military commitments. In order to accomplish Dogs on Deployment’s robust mission of improving the morale and support for military pet owners, Dogs on Deployment relies solely on public charity.

Dogs on Deployment was founded in 2011 by a dual military, husband and wife, who serve in the US Navy and US Marine Corps respectively as military aviators. The couple both attended the University of San Diego and recently moved to Santee, CA with their three dogs, two cats and two parrots.

With the growth of their organization being heavily reliant on the San Diego military and pet-friendly community, the couple will be hosting Dogs on Deployment’s first-ever, charity fundraiser at Butcher’s Brewing, a local, craft brewery in Santee, CA, on November 22nd.

“San Diego is an incredible city, full of people that can relate to our mission. When you put dogs and veterans together for an organization’s mission, it’s easy to love what we do. Now add San Diegans’ love for craft brews into the mix, and you’ve got a fundraising event that is perfectly suited for San Diego culture!” says Alisa Johnson, President and Co-Founder of Dogs on Deployment.

Dogs on Deployment’s “Beer, Dogs and Veterans Fundraiser” will take place from 4-10 pm at Butcher’s Brewing in Santee, CA on November 22nd. Food will be provided by Dang Brother Pizza, a veteran-owned business, which converted a fire truck into a mobile pizza oven, making tasty wood-fired pizzas. $1 from each pint and $1 from each pizza will be donated to Dogs on Deployment. Music will be provided by John, and the Time Traveling Bicycle, a local band whose drummer currently serves in the US Navy. There will be a standup comedy show in the afternoon, and special guests will be present, including several veteran support organizations and Pinups for Patriots.

“We hope to see a great crowd show up to support our first fundraising event. After all, what’s not to like about beer, dogs and veterans?” inquires Alisa Johnson.

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Dogs on Deployment Has Reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a
Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

October 13, 2013

SANTEE, CA – Dogs on Deployment today received the  Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Dogs on Deployment's deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

"It is important for Dogs on Deployment to be open to our donors. We rely on the generousity of the public to support our organization's mission. We want our donors to donate with confidence that they are making a real difference," said Alisa Johnson, President of Dogs on Deployment. "As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar's immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media."

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, Dogs on Deployment had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on for the Gold level of participation.

"Our organization aims to be a premier resource for all things military-pet related. I encourage our interested fans, donors and sponsors to check out our report on Guide Star to see our dedication to achieving our mission and goals," added Johnson. "The next year brings huge change to our network, as we're expanding our networking services. We're excited that we can show our supporters that we're dedicated to improving the resources we offer our military members."

About the GuideStar Exchange

The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar's many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants' nonprofit reports.

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Pet Advocacy Groups Call for Ending Military Breed Bans and a Consistent Pet Policy

June 21, 2012


and have teamed up to ask the Department of Defense to implement a military-wide standardized pet policy.


Currently, military pet policies such as breed bans and numerical limits are not consistent by service or duty station, causing service members to relinquish animals. This creates an additional burden on animal shelters and rescues, as well as undue emotional stress on military personnel forced to relinquish their pets, animals that are cherished members of their family.


“Service members should never have to choose between their family pet and serving at their next duty station. Every day, I talk to families affected by these harmful policies and it’s time for that to end,” said Alisa Johnson, president of not-for-profit Dogs on Deployment, which links foster pet families to help deploying service members.


The most effective solution is to develop a standardized, consistent military policy for all pet owners, regardless of breed. Instead of focusing on a specific breed, the military would focus on strong enforcement of general dangerous dog policies and a robust pet education program to ensure troop’s safety and quality of life. This is a more effective and efficient solution to protecting military personnel. Additionally, the groups request a task force study the effectiveness of military housing breed bans and whether these bans have made troops safer. Consistency needs to exist in order to protect pet owner's rights and give them solid knowledge of what to expect when purchasing a new pet and moving between bases.


The groups are asking for the public to sign their petition on Please visit our for more information, and here to sign the petition .


About Dogs on Deployment


Dogs on Deployment is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides an online network and resource for military members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets while they're on deployment or engaged in other military commitments. Dogs on Deployment also provides financial assistance to military families and promotes responsbile pet ownership through community advocacy. Dogs on Deployment serves all branches of service, nationwide and allows pets of all types to be listed. Visit to learn more.


About Hawaii Military Pets


Hawaii Military Pets is a one-stop resource for all Hawaii military pet information, celebrating the bond between all animals and our Hawaii men and women in uniform. Through the resource, readers can find pet transport information, boarding and veterinarian services, information on Hawaii military pet law and more. The organization advocates for protecting animals through pet-friendly policies in state and federal governments. Hawaii Military Pets aims to build a pet-friendly military community on Oahu, committed to lifetime pet ownership. Visit for more information.

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