Littleton Pet Center launched its first annual summer-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs, to support The United States War Dogs Association (USWDA). The drive officially began on July 4th and ends on Labor Day, 2013.
The United States War Dogs Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of Former and Current US Military Dog Handlers and supporting members committed to promoting the long history of the Military Service Dogs, establishing permanent War Dog Memorials, and educating the public about the invaluable service of these canines to our country. Our background in military War Dog service and our dedication to honoring the memory of the service and sacrifice of the US Military Working Dogs gives us a unique perspective that we can use to educate the public on the history of Military War Dogs.
During Operation: War Dogs, donors can stop by Littleton Pet Center to make a contribution, or simply mail a check to Littleton Pet Center made out to US War Dog Association. Littleton Pet Center will be giving away a free night of lodging at their facility to every donor who contributes $100 or more. In addition, Littleton Pet Center will decorate their facility with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to US War Dog Association. Every dollar counts and anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop by Littleton Pet Center to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier they wish to recognize. These donations will help provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding and other necessities.
Littleton Pet Center is collecting grooming tools, bedding and other necessities for the K-9s and their handlers. Please visit United States War Dogs Association: http://www.uswardogs.org/ for a complete list of needed items. These items will be sent directly to the soldiers in Afghanistan at the end of Operation: War Dogs.
“I am so overwhelmed at the generosity of our community in response to helping this worthy cause for the US War Dogs Association.” Said John Kelley, Owner of Littleton Pet Center. “It’s evident that helping the dogs who serve in our armed forces is a cause very near and dear to the hearts of all dog owners. Our soldiers, both two and four-legged, risk their lives every day to ensure our freedom; and we are so lucky just to have the opportunity to honor them in some way. This is our first year sponsoring Operation: War Dogs and we are looking forward to this annual event and exceeding this year’s goal of $1000.00. ”
Military Working Dogs have been used by the U.S. Military since World War I. Dogs, along with their volunteer handlers, are trained in teams as scouts, trackers, sentry, mine/booby-trap/tunnel and water detection of hostile forces. Dogs have been used in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Today, all branches of our armed forces are utilizing Military Patrol Dogs specializing in drug and bomb/explosive detection. Currently, there are approximately 600-700 of these canines in the Middle East in such places as Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, patrolling bases, military compounds, ammunition depots and military check points. They are guarding and protecting our military personnel with courage, loyalty and honor.
Donations will be accepted at Littleton Pet Center. Littleton Pet Center, 603-444-6285, is located at 1985 St Johnsbury Rd, Littleton, NH 03561. To learn more about Littleton Pet Center or for directions, visit www.LittletonPetCenter.com. To learn more about the USDWA and how they are assisting our country, visit www.uswardogs.org.