AHA president and CEO, Dr. Robin Ganzert, said, "Today, America's military working dogs are one step closer to being guaranteed treatment as the heroes they are. Thank you to Congressman LoBiondo, Senator McCaskill and all our friends in the House and Senate who are championing the cause of military dogs and their handlers. We now urge the President to sign this long-overdue measure into law. We believe ALL our veterans – two-footed and four-footed – should come back to a hero's welcome, a loving, forever home, and the happy, healthy, and dignified retirement they so deserve after a lifetime of service to their country. That hope is now within sight of becoming a reality."
For many years, other animal welfare organizations have been involved in flying home local animals befriended by members of the U.S. military based all over the world. These animals have become their companions, their source of comfort, and are forced to leave them behind when their deployment is over. Because they are not military working dogs, private funds are usually raised to get these animals back to the loving arms of their human families. The SPCA's Operation Baghdad Pups (OBP) is now worldwide. Founded in 2008, to date, they have rescued over 550 animals from multiple countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. With their global expansion, they now rescue animals anywhere in the world for members of all military branches. If you want to help their cause contact them here.