Are you a military veteran or do you know a U.S. veteran who is looking for loyal companion? A couple who place retired military dogs is looking for veterans who wish to adopt a military dog. The Pennsylvania couple own K9 Hero Haven, which is a rescue for military and police dogs, and hope to place some retired military dogs with combat veterans.
Mike and Anne Gibbs of Herndon Pennsylvania have the eventual goal of creating a nonprofit kennel where they can care for additional dogs. Right now, they continue to rescue retired service dogs - some who have seen combat - with the goal of finding loving homes for these military dogs with fellow veterans.
As they told the news source The Daily Item recently,
"It helps both the veteran and the dog to have a buddy after traumatizing events," Gibbs said Wednesday in Cameron Park. "Combat veterans and military dogs know what each other went through. They were both there."
If you are a veteran or know a U.S. combat veteran who would like more information about adopting a retired military dog, you can reach out to the owners of K9 Hero Haven at K9HeroHaven@yahoo.com.
There are approximately 3,200 active-duty service dogs in all branches of the U.S. military, police and border control, and approximately 300 of those canines retire each year to be adopted by their handlers or the public. Approximately 60 dogs have been killed in action in the past decade compared with 300 killed in the Vietnam War era.
Mike Gibbs said there is a push for service dogs to be considered war veterans, which would allow them to get medical help for their own PTSD and benefits after retirement.If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check out the military dogs videos we shared on K9 Appreciation Day. Also, here's another salute to military dogs from military news site BuiltUSA.com.
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