Military Working Dogs (MWD) are a vital part of the US Armed Forces. These highly trained pups work side by side with their handlers in war zones as trackers or sentries, in search and rescue, explosive detection and so much more. Interested in sending these hard working canines a little TLC? Below we’ve listed several ways you can send or contribute to care packages for these well deserving pups and their handlers… **Disclaimer – It’s important to contact each organization before you send your donation or package to verify shipping details.
The United States War Dog Association, Inc.
This non-profit organization has been sending care packages to US military dogs all over the world since 2003. President of the organization, Ron Aiello, told BarkPost that packages are sent all year round. To send specific items, visit their website for a full list of approved donations. You can also make a financial contribution by donating.
Examples of needed items:
– 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
– Dog Shampoo
– K-9 Salves For Paws/Noses
– K-9 toothpaste and toothbrushes
– Dog treats made in the USA only
And don’t forget about the hoomans! Item donations for dog handlers are also encouraged! Some of the suggested items include chapstick, sun block, writing materials, chewing gum, beef jerky and a friendly note!