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Honoring Military Working Dogs

Military Working Dogs (or MWDs) play an important role in protecting service members, military installations, and our country. With a variety of roles ranging from explosive detection, tracking, search and rescue, and more, these dogs work hard every day for our military.

This is why we’re hosting a mini-campaign to support the MWDs connected to deployed handlers who are currently being supported by Soldiers’ Angels!

POST-COLLECTION UPDATE May 12 2022

Canine Care Packages have been packed and are already on their way to deployed dog handlers!! Thank you so much for answering the call for these four-legged heroes and their humans! 🇺🇸

Thank you all for supporting Military Working Dogs during our mini-campaign last week!! Because of your incredible support, we were able to collect $2,123 worth of requested dog items and $1,626 in monetary donations to cover the cost of shipping the items downrange!!

Collection Dates

National Pet Week is May 1-7 and May also happens to be Military Appreciation Month! While we realize that Military Working Dogs are not technically pets, we figured this week would be the perfect time to ensure that no military member goes unloved during Military Appreciation Month— even those with four legs and a tail!

Dog supply collection will run from May 1-7, 2022.

Items We’re Collecting

We reached out directly to the dog handlers we’re currently supporting:

These are the items they requested and are most-needed:

  • Large bowls for food/water
  • Strong toys for power chewers
  • Grooming tools
  • Lots and lots of poop bags!

These items CANNOT be accepted and we request you DO NOT send these:

  • Dog treats or dog food of any kind. All MWDs are on specialized diets and cannot utilize treats or food outside of their diet.

How to Support

The easiest way to support this mini-campaign is to shop off of our Amazon Wishlist which contains items our dog handlers have requested. You are also welcome to shop for supplies at your favorite local pet shop and send them to Soldiers’ Angels via the address below. In addition, we are also seeking individuals to sponsor a care package by covering the shipping cost!

Ship dog items to:
Soldiers’ Angels – Honor Military Working Dogs
2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78218

Share Your Support

Share your support and encourage your friends and family to support Military Working Dogs too! Here are some graphics you are welcome to use on your social channels or via email to spread the word. Click on a graphic to open it, then right click and select “Save As.”

Instagram:

Facebook/Linked In:

FAQ’s

We’ve outlined some other questions and answers we typically receive about our collection campaigns. But if you have a question not answered below, feel free to reach out via email.

Q: How many dog items can I collect and send to Soldiers’ Angels?

A: As many as you want! There is no donation too big or too small! While we do have a limited number of deployed dog handlers we are currently supporting, there will be more in future months that will need support too!

Q: I live near your office in San Antonio. Can I deliver the dog items to your office when we finish our collection?

A: Absolutely! We love to meet the people behind the collections! Stop on by our office at the address above and drop off your donation whenever you are ready.

Q: I know someone who works at a pet supply manufacturing company– can I ask for donations from that company? 

A: The short answer is no, please do not solicit donations (cash or in-kind items) from any major company. Here’s why: Soldiers’ Angels has created collection campaigns throughout the year as an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together and give back to our troops and veterans. These collection campaigns are meant to be held in a way that general members of the public (ie, your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc.) can donate to the campaign. If you are hosting a collection, please do not solicit cash or in-kind donations from retailers, manufacturers, large corporations, or any other business entity. Due to the nature of those requests and the paperwork involved, solicitation of donations must come directly from Soldiers’ Angels. In most cases, we already have a relationship established with many of the major businesses. If you happen to have a connection at a retailer, manufacturer, large corporation, or other business entity that you think would be willing to donate cash or in-kind items to Soldiers’ Angels, please reach out to us and we would be happy to contact them. Email: [email protected]

Q: Where do the items go?

A: Your donation of dog items will be packed into a care package and shipped to a deployed dog handler around the world. Currently, Soldiers’ Angels is supporting a lot of deployed dog handlers. However, if we receive more supplies than are needed by those handlers, the items may also be shared with other active duty dog handlers or military working dog training facilities.

 Q: Do they need to be store-bought and new dog items?

A. Absolutely. Please DO NOT send any used toys or unwanted dog items. Even if your animals rarely or never used an item, Military Working Dogs have highly skilled noses and may be extra sensitive to the scent of other animals on items.

Q: I am sending you dog supplies from Amazon or another online store. How do I get a tax receipt?  

A: If you would like to receive a tax receipt for your donation from an online store, please use one of the following options:

  • Many websites will allow you to include a Gift Receipt and an Optional Gift Message. If the website you’re using allows this, please fill out the Optional Gift Message to include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • If the website you’re using does not allow you to include a Gift Receipt or Optional Gift Message, please email your order confirmation/receipt to [email protected] Please be sure that email includes your name, address, phone number, and email address.
Q: I am sending you a large collection of dog supplies that we collected at my office. How do I get a tax receipt?

A: If you would like to receive a tax receipt for you collected donation, please include a piece of paper in each box that is shipped to Soldiers’ Angels. The paper needs to include the name and information of the person (or company representative) the tax receipt should be addressed to. We will need their name (and company name, if applicable), address, phone number, and email address.