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:

  1. Initial request submitted
  2. Application and detailed information about Operation Baghdad Pups sent to service member
  3. Completed application is returned
  4. Staff confirms the animal meets the Operation Baghdad Pups criteria
  5. Coordination of required vaccinations begins
  6. Coordination of  international travel paperwork begins
  7. Coordination of supplies, including an airline crate, begins
  8. Communication with the requestor continues
  9. Security company is contacted to coordinate pick up and transport of animal to airport
  10. International flights are coordinated and scheduled
  11. Coordination with the Centers for Disease Control arranged prior to animal entering the U.S.
  12. Plans are finalized with the requestor
  13. Operation Baghdad Pups team flies to the Middle East
  14. Security company picks up animal and delivers it to the airport
  15. Security company transfers animal custody to the Operation Baghdad Pups team
  16. Operation Baghdad Pups team flies with animal to the U.S.
  17. Animal examined by veterinarian
  18. Animal receives domestic travel paperwork
  19. Animal given minimum of 48 hours to rest before flying to final destination within the U.S.
  20. Coordination of domestic flight with the family of requestor
  21. Animal arrives at new home
  22. Mission complete!

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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!

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