SPCA International wants to ensure the safe travel and humane care of the animals that embark from the harsh deserts of the Middle East on a life-changing journey to the U.S. as part of Operation Baghdad Pups. The logistics required to rescue the mascots and companion animals of U.S. military personnel in the Middle East involve the extensive and diligent coordination of our resources and expertise. Your generous contributions will help SPCA International bring the dogs and cats of our brave service members to a safe, happy, forever home in the U.S.
In coordination with the service member who wishes to bring a dog or cat home from the Middle East, the following steps are required to complete the clearance and transport process:
- Initial request submitted
- Application and detailed information about Operation Baghdad Pups sent to service member
- Completed application is returned
- Staff confirms the animal meets the Operation Baghdad Pups criteria
- Coordination of required vaccinations begins
- Coordination of international travel paperwork begins
- Coordination of supplies, including an airline crate, begins
- Communication with the requestor continues
- Security company is contacted to coordinate pick up and transport of animal to airport
- International flights are coordinated and scheduled
- Coordination with the Centers for Disease Control arranged prior to animal entering the U.S.
- Plans are finalized with the requestor
- Operation Baghdad Pups team flies to the Middle East
- Security company picks up animal and delivers it to the airport
- Security company transfers animal custody to the Operation Baghdad Pups team
- Operation Baghdad Pups team flies with animal to the U.S.
- Animal examined by veterinarian
- Animal receives domestic travel paperwork
- Animal given minimum of 48 hours to rest before flying to final destination within the U.S.
- Coordination of domestic flight with the family of requestor
- Animal arrives at new home
- Mission complete!
Your ongoing support helps not only to save the lives of these loyal animal companions, but also to show our appreciation to our service men and women for the sacrifices they willingly make every day to protect our freedom. Help continue the healing relationship that develops between our military and these very important pets - donate today!