Rover Oaks Pet Resort recently held a month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs!, to support the United States War Dogs Association (USWDA). The drive began on Memorial Day and culminated on Independence Day, July 4, with a festive celebration for people and their pets at both Rover Oaks locations.
During Operation: War Dogs!, Rover Oaks donated $5.00 to the USWDA for every large bag of dog food, shed control service, good manners training class, puppy class, and daycare premium bath purchased at their Houston and Katy locations. In addition, Rover Oaks decorated their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contributed to USWDA. The money quickly added up and Operation: War Dogs! brought in a sizable donation of $6,576 to help USWDA provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding and other necessities.
“We wanted to do something to show our support for our troops to commemorate Memorial Day and the Fourth of July holiday,” said Joy Ricke, Customer Relations Manager at Rover Oaks Katy. “Our soldiers, both two and four-legged, risk their lives daily to ensure our freedom and we wanted to honor these heros while helping raise much-needed funds to aid them in continuing their program.”
Military Working Dogs have been used by the U.S. Military since World War I. Dogs, along with their volunteer handlers, are trained in teams as scouts, trackers, sentry, mine/booby-trap/tunnel and water detection of hostile forces. Dogs have been used in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. 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 as they were trained to do, with courage, loyalty and honor.
To learn more about Rover Oaks, their services or for directions, visit www.roveroaks.com. To learn more about the USDWA, their programs and how they are assisting our country, visit www.uswardogs.org.