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Have you ever heard of an MWD; a military working dog? MWDs protect our human troops from dangers of things like explosives. The dogs are trained to be able to sniff out the chemical used in the bombs and forewarn our troops so that they avoid any possible danger. These dogs are valuable to say the least! However, when they retire, not everyone wants them.

If you are a philanthropist at heart and love to do charitable acts, there is one really great organization, a one-of-a-kind type of place that would welcome any help that you could give them. The name of the organization is Save-A-Vet and they rescue unadoptable military and law enforcement working dogs when their service is over. Then they work to shelter them until which time they can place them in a home with a disabled veteran. The pairing of the two previous soldiers brings about miraculous results of mutual healing and support! Save-A-Vet wants the canines to be able to live out their lives in the lap of luxury with a family to call their very own where they will be safe, happy and healthy. This is the Save-A-Vet mission -- to rescue these "other forgotten soldiers."

The reasons vary why these K-9’s are unable to be placed for adoption; sometimes due to their attack training, field experiences, or injuries suffered in the line of duty (including the same PTSD that afflicts many of our fellow human veterans). When placed with a veteran that understands, the pairing just works well!

Even if you are not a disabled veteran, you can still rescue an adoptable military working dog (mwd). You just have to know how. You can begin by contacting your local military representative or Lackland Air Force Base where the dogs go to be rehabilitated.

A second option to help the dogs that are unadoptable is to donate to Save-A-Vet and what better time is there than right now to achieve that goal?

Cash is always needed and you can do so online or in person, but there are many other ways that you can donate to this fine establishment and achieve your philanthropic goals for the year. You can also give of yourself by volunteering with the group. You can also help by providing sponsors for Save-A-Vet.

There is the online store where you can purchase all sorts of gear to represent this great 501 (c)(3) organization or represent by using the Save-A-Vet Visa Platinum Rewards Card. Or, perhaps you would like to “Buy A Brick” and contribute to the Building Fund Campaign that will allow Save-A-Vet to build their first ever rescue shelter and veterans housing facility.

Vehicle donations are always an option (visit info@saveavet.org to find out how). Then there is the following that is also needed:

  • K-9 Treats (packaged to ship overseas)
  • K-9 Toys (assorted)
  • Collars and Leashes (Heavy Duty)
  • Telescoping Ramps
  • Flotation Vests (for LARGE dogs)
  • Office Equipment (assorted)
  • Laptops, desktops, printers, electronic storage devices, projectors
  • Software of all kind, i.e., graphics, accounting, web design, architect, etc.
  • Vehicles (do not need to be working, but must have a solid frame)
  • Cargo vans, minivans, and similar work vehicles (American made preferred)
  • Construction materials, plumbing, electrical, etc.
  • Heavy equipment (does not have to be operational, but must be able to be fixed)
  • Trailers, enclosed and open
  • Plus, any desirable consumer items that can be used for raffle prizes at our fundraisers.

**All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Stop by any one of their many events to learn more about the organization, meet and greet some of the workers and volunteers and perhaps even a dog or two. You can also make an appointment or simply stop by the Save-A-Vet Office located at 387 Northgate Road in Lindenhurst, Illinois 60046.

Any way you can help will be the way that Save-A-Vet gets one step closer to rescuing more military working dogs and giving them the life they deserve after a tough career on the road! Check them out this holiday season!

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