K-9 Battle Buddy team – Marines Lance Corporal Jeff DeYoung and MWD Cena
I am thrilled to inform you that the President has signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which means that now ALL military working dogs will be guaranteed a ride home and retirement on U.S. soil!
And best of all, the people who know these dogs better than anyone — their handlers who served bravely alongside them on the hot desert sands of Iraq and Afghanistan and on bases around the world — will be given the first rights at adopting these canine heroes.
Our military programs are led by Captain Jason Haag, USMC (Ret.), our National Director of Military Affairs. Captain Haag USMC works with his PTS service dog Axel, who was named the 2015 Service Dog of the Year at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards®.
For 100 years, American Humane Association has worked with our nation’s military heroes, on the battlefield and on the home front. In 1916 the U.S. Secretary of War asked American Humane Association to rescue wounded war horses on the battlefields of World War I. American Humane Association deployed to Europe before US servicemen were called to duty, tending more than 68,000 war horses a month. Following World War II we pioneered the field of animal-assisted therapy to help returning veterans readjust to civilian life and to help children of military families cope during their parents’ deployments. Continue reading
By Bindi Irwin
Actress Bindi Irwin, and professional dancer Derek Hough, present the Military Dog of the Year award to Sgt. Rambo at the 2015 Hero Dog Awards.
This past September, I was invited to participate in a truly beautiful event in Beverly Hills to showcase the powerful connection of animals in our lives – the Hero Dog Awards, hosted by the American Humane Association. I cannot begin to tell you how inspiring the evening was and how many wonderful people were there to celebrate the bond between animals and humans. Continue reading
Humankind has always had a special relationship with dogs. For thousands of years, they have comforted us, protected us, and given us their unconditional love. Time and time again through the ages they have proven why they are considered our best friends. Yet, not only do dogs serve as our beloved companions, they are also a vital part of keeping our communities healthy, safe and humane. Continue reading
Groundbreaking New Bill Guarantees Nation’s Military Dogs Return Home to U.S.
Did you know each military working dog saves the lives of between 150-200 servicemen and women by detecting IEDs and other hidden weapons? Did you also know that despite their service and the generally good efforts of military, there has been no guarantee that military dogs will be reunited with their handlers or bought back to the U.S. after their retirement.
Until now. Continue reading