By Daenna Cerisini
The Holiday season is known to many as the season of giving; I know I always seem to get in the giving mood come this time of year! I enjoy giving to all of the people I love and care about – family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. The kind of giving I enjoy the most is charitable giving.
There are many ways of giving back or donating items for a good cause. This year, with the help of everyone here at AHDC, we were able to make an amazing care package to send to military dogs overseas. The package contained many dog care items including KONG toys, shampoo/conditioner, combs/brushes, doggy toothpaste, blankets, towels, travel food and water bowls, and many other items to help care for a group of 5 dogs that are currently serving at a U.S. military base. The dogs’ ages range from 2-11 years old; and their tasks include explosive detecting/training and protecting designated troops.
Too many military dogs go without dog care items we easily have access to here. Donating items is a great way to give a little love to these pups across the globe. I know I can speak for the entire AHDC team when I say sending that the package gave us an immense amount of joy! There are many individuals and families that I think would love to donate items but are not quite sure how to go about it, the following is information on how to go about sending doggy care packages:
The United States War Dog Association, Inc.- A non-profit organization that sends packages to military dogs all over the world, packages are sent year round. Examples of items needed for care packages include: K-9 cooling mats, nail clippers, brushes, doggles, dog shampoo and toothpaste, and dog treats (made in USA only). This organization also collects items for dog handlers some of those items include: chapstick, sun block, gum, writing materials. For a full list of items accepted and address to send to visit their website www.uswardogs.org
Operation K-9 Care Package– Has been sending care packages to US military dog teams since 2010, for a list of items and address of where to send visit their Facebook page listed as Operation K-9 Care Package.
Support Military Working Dogs– Their mission is to provide cooling vests, doggles, and other protective gear to help the military dogs in active war zones and extreme conditions. This organization only accepts checks or credit card donations. The gather the equipment themselves as this type of wear is specialty order items. The cost of one outfit for a military dog can cost more than $400.00, so any donation is greatly appreciated.