I love dogs with jobs. And you know what’s a particularly hard dog-job, one that goes beyond a typical K9-5? Being a military pup. We’re all aware you can send care packages to humans in the military, but did you know that Military Working Dogs (MWD) also appreciate a package of goodies?
These highly trained dogs are a vital part of the U.S. Armed Forces, and have been used as partners with U.S. troops deployed overseas since World War I. They work side-by-side with their handlers in war zones as trackers, sentries, explosive detection, in search and rescue, and a ton more. Basically, their job is way harder than yours – so c’mon, throw a dog a bone.
Examples of needed items:
- Doggles – (every dog should have a pair so I can see dogs in doggles 24/7)
- Dog shampoo
- K-9 cooling mats
- K-9 nail clippers, brushes or combs
- Kongs and other heavy duty chew toys
- K-9 cooling vests
- Collapsible nylon dog water bowls
- K-9 toothbrushes and toothpaste
- K-9 salves For Paws/Noses
- dog treats made in the USA only
You can send your packages to the following organizations
*It’s important to contact each organization before you send your donation or package to verify shipping details.*
Since 2003, this non-profit has been sending care packages to military pups all over the world. To send specific items, visit their website for a full list of approved donations. You can also add gifts for their humans, such as: chapstick, sunblock, gum. Click here for the full list of items. Or if feel like just donating straight up cash money, that’s cool too – a financial contribution can be made by donating here.
This organization has been sending care packages to US military dog teams since 2010.
For a full list of needed items and the address of where to send them, check out their Facebook page.
This organization provides protective gear, such as: cooling vests, Doggles, MuttLuks and other necessary gear that helps keep MWD safe in active war zones and extreme conditions. Visit their website for info on how to donate.
Featured photo is Fito at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan with his human, Lance Cpl. Jeremy D. Angenend, combat tracker handler, Military Police, III Marine Expeditionary Force.