On March 13th, 1942, the United States K9 Corps was established, and dogs began to serve and protect beside their humans. Today, March 13 is K9 Veterans Day– a day to thank and honor our furry veterans that sacrificed their lives for our country and soldiers. Dogs have been man’s best friends for years, but becoming man’s protector and companion is even more remarkable. This day honors not only the dogs that served in the armed forces, but those working with police, customs, border patrol, service, and therapy as well. These dogs have gone above and beyond, in many circumstances putting others’ lives before theirs in acts of devotion and bravery.
Showing our four-legged veterans that you’re grateful for their service isn’t as easy as saying “thank you” to a human veteran or officer. For these pups, it’s more about your actions than words, but there are still many ways to show you’re thankful. Several nonprofit organizations provide supplies, such as bulletproof vests or temperature-regulating clothing, to dogs in the field. This equipment can be vital, as many dogs find themselves in the line of fire while working with the military or law enforcement. Making a donation to these organizations will promote the safety and health of working dogs by providing them with life-saving equipment. Scroll to the bottom of this article for a list of organizations.
To go above and beyond for these dogs, as they have done for you and your country, consider adopting a K9 veteran. While most pups retire with their handlers, there are numerous veteran dogs without handlers looking for a home. You can adopt one of these dogs, and give them a forever home in which they can rest after their days of duty are over, by looking into the many organizations that work to provide these dogs a place to live out their days. It is important that these dogs find themselves in a peaceful, loving home, in reward for the devoted work they have performed for us. Scroll to the bottom of this article for a list of organizations that can match you with one of these heroic pups.
Lastly, as you take March 13 to thank our four-legged veterans for their courage and unbelievable dedication, reserve a few minutes of your day to sign the online petition to make K9 Veterans Day nationally recognized (at the moment, only individual states acknowledge it). Sign the petition at https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/national-k9-veterans-day.html.
Links to organizations that provide supplies for working dogs:
Links to organizations that find homes for K9 veterans: