We dearly miss Wakka & Cloud, 2 beautiful Siberian Huskies, that my family and I fostered on Long Island, New York. We were very lucky because it was the perfect match! We had them for about 5 months while their owner was at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, NY. They came around February and enjoyed running and playing in the snow. They often went to the fire department that my brother volunteers for as well. This organization is fantastic and I look forward to volunteering my efforts for other military families as well. This allows them to feel relieved and know that their beloved pets are being cared for! Go DOD!
I am currently "furry godmother" to Nutella and Sweetie Pie; sisters that were hoping to be placed together and were. Fayetteville, Georgia has been their new "home away from home" for about a month, and it has been a happy and eventful month. Looking forward to sharing my time with them; in and out of the pool; for the next year. Swimming on a daily basis has become our focus daily; even before eating! So as soon as I return from work, swimming for an hour before anything else!
I am so grateful for DoD and this testimonial is way over due. Last summer my husband was involuntarily separated from the Navy. We had a very short window of time to pack up and begin driving across the country. We had a 3 year old, and I was expecting our second baby and to add to that stress, no where to go with our pets. Family had offered to let us stay with them until we were back on our feet but due to allergies, we were unable to bring the cats with us. We were 3 days from our destination when I got a message that would change everything. Someone from DoD was willing to board out cats. I am so thankful for Renee and her family. They went above and beyond to care for our pets as if they were her own. She was so understanding of our situation and worked with us every step of the way. My husband started his new job 6 months ago and we closed on our first home in March. I am looking forward to the day we are able to help some else the way Renee and her family helped us in our time of need.
We just finished our first "assignment" as boarders and we LOVED it. We ended up having the dogs a little longer than planned but didn't mind a bit and then we got to dog-sit an extra week when Mom went on vacation. I can't wait to see them again-in their home and playing in their field, running free-something I was too nervous to let them do while they were in my charge. We've signed up for another assignment already. We're very thankful that we can help serve our country in this small way. Thank you Dogs on Deployment for making this possible. Dawn G.
I had never heard of DoD until last fall when I moved across country with a military PCS. As I was settling into my new home (and hotel) I needed a place for my dog Truman to be near me as I was closing on a house. The family that fostered my dog was amazing and very supportive. The whole experience gave me huge piece of mind and I'm forever grateful for DoD for the support for military members with this program. The foster family and I are still friends and continue to grow as doggie boarding pals.
I had Sydney from April 2014 to November 2014. I am forever grateful that I had this opportunity. I miss her after returning her but have made plans to go see her again to take her for a walk. Her owners will be going on vacation in April so I have another opportunity to watch her again. Not only did I meet a great dog, but also met a great family. Best program yet. Laurie Coulter
We were so happy to hear about DOD as when we got military orders to Okinawa Japan we knew we wouldn't be able to take all four of our pets. We found an animal lover who was willing to help. Although we miss our cat Princess dearly, it is so nice to know she is loved and well taken care of! I am so thankful for our DOD boarder as well as the program itself. I can't wait until we get home and I am able to pay it forward and help someone while they are deployed or sent over seas. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
My family kept two cats for a soldier and it was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed helping out someone serving our country. "Mom" checked in on the kids a few times from Afghanistan and every time we could tell how truly grateful she was and that she was excited to see her fur kids when she got home. We are hooked and already looking for our next pet that needs us! In addition to helping a service member, DOD is a great way to have a pet for a few months without the long term commitment.
I kept two labs for a deploying Army type for nearly 6 months. In addition to the dogs we already had, it was a good experience for my foreign exchange son to see that Americans do stick together and help each other out. Jason was relieved because he was running out of options really fast and we were ably to get the dogs moved and settled before he had to go. He got to be on TV when he returned showing some great reunion footage that we had several people ask about DoD. Was fun and I'd do it again without hesitation.
This is such a great program! We were fortunate enough to board our first DoD dog this summer and it was a great experience for the entire family. Today we said goodbye to our new friend, but it was wonderful to see how crazy-happy he was to see his owner! I hope we get an opportunity again to help out a service member in our community that selflessly gives so much to our country.
This past week Nova came to stay on my farm with my two dogs and I while her Daddy was away for a training mission. We had so much fun. I took photos and posted them on facebook after friending her Daddy so that he could see the fun she was having whenever he had the opportunity to look. It was such a wonderful experience. Thank you to Nova and Matt. I hope we have a long lasting relationship through the years!
If any of you reading this are hesitant about being a boarder, my recommendation is to just jump in. My husband and I are empty nesters and the dogs we had lived a full life leaving a back yard screaming for occupants. We have only had our new boarders Luna and Achlies for one day and we are already seeing the joy and excitement in the home we had before. My cat Rosie is NOT happy though. Luna and Achlies owners are fantastic parents, their babies are well mannered and are adjusting beautifully. Jump in, you'll love the experience.
If you're an animal lover, this is a great program. I have 3 indoor cats but I've missed having a dog in my life. This was a program that fit both our needs. I've always been very involved in the military (volunteering, family members served) so this sounded like a win-win situation. My last boarder went home 2 weeks ago. I had Bentley from October 2013-July 2014. He was a wonderful companion that fit right in. The cats never did warm up to him (much as he tried) but they all learned to tolerate each other and there were never any issues with them fighting. One thing that was really great was that his owner had him on the wellness plan at PetsMart so I was able to take him in for his annual shots, teeth cleaning etc and not worry about the expense, plus they had all his records in case he became hurt or ill. I highly recommend this program for military members, there is usually a Petsmart near any military base. It was a exciting and heartbreaking to witness the home coming....but I know he's so happy to be back with his best buddy. They are near enough that should they need someone to keep Bentley for a week or something they are going to call. Thank goodness they are still sending pics (I sent a lot to them), so I see he's really happy to be back home.
I have had Sydney since April 2014 and she will be with us until October 2014. I am forever grateful to have found this website. It has been such a joy to have her stay with us. I know I will miss her greatly when she goes home to her family, but am happy to have has this opportunity to give back. I will look for another dog to stay with us after Sydney has gone home. Thank You Justin for letting me take care of Sydney while you were deployed.
Last October, Ace came to stay with us while both his owners were deployed. He is a black German Sheppard with a ton of personality and more energy than any animal I've every known! It didn't take long for him to become a part of our family! Today is he going home. We will miss him greatly, but are happy he gets to return to his family. He will also forever be a part of ours. I tell everyone about Dogs on Deployment and it always generates a lot of interest and enthusiasm. I also have people tell me they could never do that because it would be to hard to part with them in the end. Yes, it's hard, but no harder than what our military people go through when they have to say good bye to family and friends when they deploy. The do this selflessly in order to assure and protect our freedom. Taking care of their furbabies while they are gone is the least we can do for them. If you have room in your heart and in your home, I strongly recommend becoming a DoD boarder. It will be the best thing you've ever done!
We were very lucky to be selected to board Nell and Luna. Those two silly girls fit right into our existing pack of three and settled in nicely. It was an emotional reunion when it was time for them to return home, but it was worth every second of each day we shared with them. I feel certain they will be a part of our family for many years to come. If you have not considered being a temporary boarding home in the past, I urge you to continue to research and consider being a part of such an amazing responsibility. The peace of mind that you bring to those who serve our country is a rewarding experience. I greatly appreciate DoD and their efforts to successfully assist in placing pets in such a difficult time.
I had been watching and sharing DoD requests for some time. When one popped up in our area I jumped right on it and within minutes convinced my husband that we could and should do it. Once he met Tadek he was sold. I can't say enough good things about this experience and this organization that makes it possible. Our foster dog fit right in with the family and quickly became a part of us. It was sad to see him go but we are so happy to have been able to offer his dad the peace and security knowing that his "little" boy was taken care of. It was the least we could do. Thank you DoD and thank you to all the men and women serving our country.
I volunteered to be a foster parent this past year after seeing DOD on a friend's Facebook page. We took in two dogs Casey and Idaho in December. They became part of our family. It was a sad day when their owner came to get the dogs but we would do it all over again. We even have the pleasure of getting to keep Idaho as our forever furbaby now. This is a great organization.
I cannot express how grateful I am that this organization exists. Worrying about who'd watch my pets was my number one stress point prior to my deployment. I was even fortunate enough to have my dogs featured on Facebook at one point. Many wonderful and kind people responded offering to open up their homes to both of my dogs! I eventually was able to meet with some of the people who offered and I'm so pleased to say that the family who took my dogs in couldn't be more wonderful! I receive photos and emails about how they're doing and I feel able to deploy without worry or concern about my beloved animals. Thank you so much, Dogs on Deployment!
This is the greatest program. I received my first foster dog in April 2014 she has been a great addition to our family. Sydney is just what we needed. Not only helping military people but also helps us by giving us a great opportunity to give back in life.I will have her until October and then she will go back to her family. Now she has 2 loving families. I will continue to be involved in this program as I have a lot of love to give to the many deserving dogs and their families. I am so grateful I found this website.
A very nice lady from Fenton, Missouri has offered to foster Buddy while I am in the Middle East. We did a meet-n-greet last weekend. When I return home in approximately 12 months, I hope to return the favor to someone in need. Thank you for all your support!