WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There are hundreds of military dog teams serving on U.S. military bases around the world, but some of these teams only have a rucksack to live out of for weeks at a time. American Humane Association and its K-9 Battle Buddies™ program has teamed up with the Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc. (MWDTSA) to provide care packages to these heroes, containing vital necessities as well as the comforts of home. The two organizations, as well as volunteers from ABC News and Congressman Richard Hudson's (R-NC) office, held a special "packing party" at American Humane Association's national headquarters in Washington, DC on Thursday, January 28, where almost 200 care packages were assembled and shipped. Each package for dog and handler contains their favorite things from home, and was filled with love. With the Super Bowl just around the corner, these packages contained a special football theme, including toys for the dogs and team apparel for the handlers.
America's brave military working dogs live, fight and sleep with their human handlers and forge a bond that cannot easily be broken. These teams each save an estimated 150-200 service members both on and off the battlefield and it is our duty to support these K-9 Battle Buddy teams that keep America safe. Every quarter the all-volunteer MWDTSA sends hundreds of care packages to military dog teams around the world. In 2015 alone, they sent 518 packages, helping more than 1,000 dogs and handlers. American Humane Association paid for the postage to ship the fourth quarter 2015 packages, and is supporting this effort at an even higher level in 2016.
"We are excited to have American Humane Association host our 38th consecutive set of care packages at their Washington, DC headquarters," said Nikki Rohrig, the MWDTSA, Inc. president. "We had a tremendous number of volunteers come out to assist with packing and their support will be greatly appreciated by the military working dog teams. We hope that this group effort will bring a bit of home to those hard-working teams who are away from friends and family. MWDTSA is entering our 10th year and we remain committed to 'supporting both ends of the leash.'"
"American Humane Association is proud to partner with MWDTSA for such an incredibly moving project," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association's president and CEO. "We share their mission of honoring our brave warriors human and canine warriors and we were honored to pay postage, donate items for the packages, provide our facilities, and have our team pitch in to pack these precious reminders of home. America remains the home of the free because of the brave."
This year American Humane Association is celebrating a century of working with the U.S. military. The K-9 Battle Buddies program helps military K-9 teams on and off the battlefield by facilitating reunions of military dogs and handlers, sending vitally needed care packages to active duty military dog teams, and providing veterinary care for retired war dogs.
About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
About the Military Working Dog Team Support Association
The all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit (TIN# 13-4346918) is dedicated to supporting Military Working Dog teams deployed overseas with all four military services. A "team" is a dog and a handler and their mission is force protection—explosives detection, tracking, patrolling, specialized search and drug detection. The handlers and dogs put their own lives at risk to save the lives of other soldiers every day. The MWDTSA has sent care packages to 150+ deployed teams each quarter since 2006. Each box contains treats, toys and grooming tools, as well as snacks and hygiene items for the handlers. The organization's unofficial motto is: "To support both ends of the leash." The organization hosts a website (www.mwdtsa.org), Facebook page (http://facebook.com/mwdtsa) and Twitter feed (#mwdtsa). Additional information is available from the MWDTSA's president, Nikki Rohrig at 470-585-9254, or Col. Dick Baumer, vice president, at 561-328-8658.
SOURCE American Humane Association