Rover Oaks Pet Resort is preparing to launch its third annual month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs, to support US Military K-9 Fund and United States War Dogs Association (USWDA). The drive officially begins on Memorial Day and ends on Independence Day, July 4, 2013. Last year, Rover Oaks raised over $10,000 for US Military K-9 Fund through Operation: War Dogs.
The non-profit organization US Military K-9 Fund is the local Houston chapter of the United States War Dogs Association (USWDA). US Military K-9 Fund exists to provide much needed support to the Military Working Dogs serving in the United States Armed Forces. They also assist retired Military Working Dogs (MWDs) when they need help with travel expenses involved in returning to the United States from bases overseas. This non-profit organization is driven completely by unpaid volunteers, and uses 100% of every donation to support their mission. They cannot exist without the help and financial support of our community.
During Operation: War Dogs, donors can stop by Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Houston near Reliant Stadium or Rover Oaks Katy near Katy Mills Mall to make a contribution or simply mail a check to Rover Oaks made out to US Military K-9 Fund. Rover Oaks will be giving away a free night of lodging at their facilities to every donor who contributes $100. Donations of $25 will receive a commemorative army dog tag necklace. In addition, Rover Oaks will decorate their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to US Military K9 Fund. Every dollar counts and anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop by either Rover Oaks location to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier they wish to recognize. These donations will help provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding and other necessities.
“This will be our third year to host Operation: War Dogs, and every year we see an even greater response from the community. I am so honored to see how generously our community responds in helping to raise funds for US Military K-9 Fund,” said Steve Smith, Owner of Rover Oaks Pet Resort. “It’s evident that helping the dogs who serve in our armed forces is a cause near and dear to the hearts of Houstonians. Our soldiers, both two and four-legged, risk their lives every day to ensure our freedom; and we are so lucky just to have the opportunity to honor them in some way."
“Rover Oaks and Operation: War Dogs have been a godsend to us,” said Bobbie Miller, Founder of US Military K-9 Fund. “It’s donations like these that enable us to do what we do.”
Today, all branches of our armed forces are utilizing Military Patrol Dogs specializing in drug and bomb/explosive detection. Currently, there are approximately 600-700 of these canines in the Middle East in such places as Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, patrolling bases, military compounds, ammunition depots and military check points. They are guarding and protecting our military personnel with courage, loyalty and honor.
Donations will be accepted at either Rover Oaks location. Rover Oaks Houston, 713-662-2119, is located at 2550 West Bellfort, Houston 77054. Rover Oaks Katy, 281-693-7687, is located at 24250 Kingsland Blvd., Katy 77494. To learn more about Rover Oaks or for directions, visit www.roveroaks.com. For more information on US Military K-9 Fund, visit: www.usmilitaryk-9fund.org.
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