Our military service members sacrifice so much for our freedoms.
For many, this means being away from family and friends for long periods of time. What many people forget is that many people who serve our country leave behind furry families, too. But what happens when no one can take in their pets? That’s the dilemma facing one U.S. Marine from Arizona right now.
Marine Matt Dearborn will be deployed to the country of Georgia until November. He leaves behind his two dogs, Iro and Django.
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“My only plan right now, if I can’t find a foster, would be a kennel, which would be very expensive, and they’re not going to have nearly the amount of room to run around and play,” Dearborn said.
The organization Dogs on Deployment says this is an all-too-common problem and works to help service members match pets with foster homes.
Dogs on Deployment has already helped find foster homes for more than 1,000 animals. Usually they’re dogs or cats, but they’ve even placed guinea pigs and a horse.
Dearborn says he’d like to keep Iro and Django together, and that they would do best in a home without children.
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If you can help foster Iro and Django or want to see more of the animals Dogs on Deployment is looking to foster, visit their Facebook page. Be sure to share this story to support our animal-loving military members!