U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan befriend local animals as a way to help cope with the emotional hardships they endure every day while deployed in a war zone. The Operation Baghdad Pups program provides veterinary care and coordinates complicated logistics and transportation requirements in order to reunite these beloved pets with their service men and women back in the U.S. These important animals not only help our heroes in the war zone, but they also help them readjust to life back home after combat.
"I want to thank everyone at Baghdad Pups and SPCA International for bringing home my war buddy Daisy. I was so happy when she made it home. It brought tears to this Sergeant’s eyes to know she was saved from certain death. Now she is here for me as I adjust to being home with Ptsd. I just love her she is my rock. Daisy was a special dog to Sergeant Christofferson before I arrived in Iraq. May he rest in peace. Spca International brought a measure of closure for his family to know that Daisy was saved and now at home with us. Thank you." - SGT Daniel Funovitz
Operation Baghdad Pups began shortly after SPCA International received an exceptionally compelling email on September 11, 2007. The desperate words from the U.S. soldier serving in Iraq told of his determination to get a dog his regiment had befriended out of the Middle East before their 15-month deployment ended. The insurmountable obstacle was a military regulation that prohibits troops from befriending an animal in a war zone or using military property to transport one home. After two months of trying to cut through the red tape, the likelihood of success for the then discouraged soldier seemed doubtful. It was at this point that Sergeant Edward Watson contacted SPCA International.
Without Operation Baghdad Pups, a majority of service members could not afford to bring their special companions home from the Middle East. Your donations will help us provide soldiers with travel crates, vaccinations, transportation for their animal to the Baghdad Airport and transport home. Please, help today!
SPCA International has an application process that must be followed in order for your dog or cat to qualify for assistance from the Operation Baghdad Pups program. To begin, please read the important information provided on this page that will help you determine whether your animal is eligible for consideration.
Operation Baghdad Pups has successfully transported dogs and cats out of Iraq and Afghanistan because of an international team effort. The following businesses and organizations have stepped forward to offer a variety of free or discounted services to help U.S. troops and the dog or cat they have befriended overseas. The commitment of these groups to the program has been unwavering. Time and again, they have risen to the occasion and made it possible for more animals to be saved.
SPCA International would like to thank our OBP team members. We all can recognize their important contribution through our patronage and purchase of their products and services.
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