[San Diego, CA][September 22, 2014] Dogs on Deployment President & CEO,1st Lt. Alisa Sieber-Johnson, a U.S. Marine, was recently named by Pet Age as a winner in the 2014 Pet Age Forty Under 40 awards program. The awards program is produced by Pet Age, a national publication covering all things in the pet industry, providing the latest industry news and more. The Forty Under 40 awards program honors men and women under the age of 40 who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, to professional excellence and to the community.
Dogs on Deployment was founded by 1st Lt. Alisa Sieber-Johnson, a member of the US Marines along with her spouse, Lt. Shawn Johnson, also on active duty with the U.S. Navy. Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit providing a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. Sieber Johnson said, “No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.” For a young organization, they have made a huge impact on the military community they serve.
To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included working in the pet industry and possessing significant authority for decision making within a company or organization. Sieber-Johnson also said, “I was honored to find out our San Diego Local Coordinator nominated me for this award. To be included in the winners made me extremely proud of the organization. I had a vision three years ago, of building the largest support network for military pet owners, and Dogs on Deployment has achieved that.”
Dogs on Deployment was founded by the Johnson’s in June 2011. As a dual-military family, the founders have been in situations where they needed a program like Dogs on Deployment. Alisa had orders to attend six months of military training, at the same time, Shawn, was to be deployed. Neither could care for their beloved dog, JD. They were lucky enough to have family to rely on, but recognized the need for a program which would help others who found themselves in a similar situation. Thus, Dogs on Deployment was born. For more information see : www.dogsondeployment.org
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