2010 Update: We understand that this program is now exclusively for dogs in Iraq. It remains possible to get dogs out of Afghanistan but we understand that this particular program is not presently working through Afghanistan. Please see comments at the end of this page and, if you know of additional resources we can pass along to readers, please post a comment!
Recently DogTipper.com received an email from a US soldier named Cody stationed in Afghanistan who was working to find a way to bring home his adopted dog, Jack. He’d read some news on DogTipper.com about Dogpile.com’s program to bring home dogs from war zones and asked for information on bringing home a dog.
We’ve been doing some research on programs to help soldiers bring home dogs from war zones. An excellent program by the SPCA called Operation Baghdad Pups works to bring home dogs for soldiers stationed in both Iraq and in Afghanistan.
Help for Soldiers
If you’re a soldier looking for information on the program, visit the Operation Baghdad Pups page; near the bottom of that page, you’ll find a link titled ‘Operation Baghdad Pup Criteria.’ Click on it and there’s a downloadable PDF about the program and the criteria for dogs.
There’s also a contact link at http://www.spca.com/contact/ to get in touch with the program about your story.
How to Help
If you’d like to help the program either through donations or by helping to sponsor a dog rescue, you’ll find links on Operation Baghdad Pups as well. There’s even a Wish List of items the program is in search of…everything from dog collars to heartworm preventative to frequent flier miles.
Do you know of additional programs we could pass along to Cody to help bring home Jack from Afghanistan? Please leave your ideas in the comments section or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll forward them to Cody in Afghanistan. Let’s help a soldier bring home his faithful four-legged friend!