Paws of War, a nonprofit that offers a wide range of services for active-duty military, veterans, and first responders, is currently flooded with demand for its services.

The nonprofit has seen a surge in requests from service members who need to get their pets out of Afghanistan. This happened as a result of the hasty evacuation last year.

Robert Misseri, the co-founder of Paws of War, said, “Abandoned and homeless animals often are befriended by caring service members who can’t bear to see them suffering and dying. Several parts of the world are not kind to cats, and especially dogs, and the suffering is hard to see. The soldiers there befriend these dogs and cats and fall in love with them, and these troops know that if they don’t save them, they most likely will not survive. These animals provide all the joy and love that pets can give, and that is especially appreciated by troops who are far away from home and family. When the service members are redeployed or sent back home, though, they have to leave their best friends behind.”

Paws of War typically rescues a few pets per month upon request from service members but has already rescued 100 animals in 2021. Service members are desperate as they have to leave their animals in drastically uncertain circumstances.

Misseri said, “These men and women risk both their physical and emotional well-being for us. The scars they bear go beyond skin deep, and we know these animals provide a therapeutic value that can’t be measured with money. The number of veterans and soldiers that commit suicide on a daily basis is widely reported at 22 a day. We’ll do whatever we can to help lower that number until it’s zero.”   

On average, transporting a dog or cat to the United States is $7,000 or more depending on the animal’s condition. This makes rescuing these animals much more complicated. To help bring these animals back to their service members, you can donate here to help Paws of War.

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