Operation Military Pets - A Soldier's Perspective


February 25 2013 - By CJ Grisham

This is a pretty neat and unique organization that I want to share with you.


The Crisis: When military families are ordered to a new base in the U.S. or around the world, moving bills pile up. The military pays for many moving costs, but they don’t help our military families relocate the family pet. The cost for pet transportation can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. All over the United States shelters near military bases report high surrender rates when military families can’t afford to relocate their dog or cat. Military families are being torn apart.

Our Mission: To keep military families together by providing financial assistance for pet relocation costs. All branches of the military can qualify for grants. Whether being relocated within the United States or anywhere in the world, SPCA International’s Operation Military Pets is here to keep pets with the ones they love.

Success stories: Military families are already taking advantage of the program like Karen, an Army Defense Logistics Coordinator in Iraq who was faced with leaving behind her cat, Zeke. Her long deployment had kept her away from her husband and daughter in Spotsylvania, VA for too long, but Zeke the cat kept her company and feeling loved in the harsh environment of Baghdad. Karen wanted to send Zeke home to her daughter so that she and her family could give Zeke a safe, long life and so her daughter could have a piece of her to hug until she returned to the U.S. SPCA International stepped in and flew Zeke to Virginia in 2012 and now all the members of this family are reunited in Virginia.

When a military family, stationed in South Korea, got word they were being sent back to the United States, their first reaction was pure joy. However, when the family started to look into the cost of flying their two dogs back with them, the excitement quickly faded. The cost to ship the dogs was more than they could afford and they learned the military provided no financial assistance for relocating beloved pets belonging to active service members. The family turned to SPCA International and asked if there was anything we could do to help. Knowing how important these dogs were to the family, SPCA International was able to take immediate action. Today, Dash and Link are where they belong – with their family in Texas.

You can see SPCA International’s new video highlighting the new program. To read more heartwarming stories, learn more about Operation Military Pets, or apply for financial aid, please visit spcai.org.

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