The Military Working Dog Foundation

by Sleddoggin Staff on March 24, 2012

Article by Marc Dean

You know dogs are our best friends. But did you know that many of them are also soldiers in the military? Since World War I, dogs have been active in various roles in on the battlefront.

They also served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Persian Gulf, and now in Operation Iraqi Freedom. At first, war dogs were trained to assist the army. But they were such great additions to the service that soon the Navy and Coast Guard began recruiting canine soldiers as well.War dogs have served in several capacities:

Sentry dogs accompanied civilian and military guard on patrol to warn of approaching danger, especially at night. They were heavily used to guard vulnerable areas such as harbors, but the majority of sentry dogs worked with the Coast Guard patrolling the beach for enemy submarine activities. Scout or patrol dogs also served as sentries, as well as silently alerting soldiers to the presence of snipers and ambushes. Messenger dogs were chosen for their loyalty. These dogs were trained to work with two handlers, each one of which was in separate platoons or guards. The dogs would travel silently, taking advantage of the natural cover of the terrain, delivering messages between the two handlers. Mine dogs, also called M-Dogs were taught to locate trip wires, booby traps, and mines. Though 140 dogs were trained, not many were actually used in war since detecting mines in combat conditions was not quite successful.

The Military Working Dog Foundation (MWD) was established to spread information about these special dogs, and to raise funds for their training and supplies. When the dogs return from war service, they are sometimes placed in law enforcement, right here in the United States. And when they can no longer perform military duties some are available for adoption. These are not ordinary dogs. They are special animals that have been to boot camp and protected our country and our troops. The goal of the MWD Foundation is to find special homes for special dogs.

If you would like to adopt a military dog, you can e-mail MWD at and they will send you the additional information you require to contact the MWD Center.

The Military Working Dog Foundation uses donations to purchase special support gear needed by the dogs which will become police dogs. For most of us, a donation to a worthy cause is its own reward. But besides being tax deductible, a donation to MWD offers two donation benefits. Krispy-Kreme provides doughnuts in exchange for donations. Or, for donations collected by schools (or individual students) you will receive an Official Letter of Appreciation recognizing your donation as a community service. These community service awards made to individuals help students in the pursuit of college scholarships.Here is what your donations achieve:

they purchase support and protective gear to dogs which work in law enforcement. they provide comfort supplies to dogs and their handlers deployed in foreign countries (such as treats, hygiene kits, special gear). they provide support services to dogs who are privately adopted.

There are 2 ways to make your tax-deductible donation:

1. Make a secure donation online:

Donate online

2. Mail a check or money order to the Military Working Dog Foundation payable to: Military Working Dog Foundation and mail it to:

Military Working Dog Foundation PO Box 2218 Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2218

Marc Dean is a freelance writer who writes for Preferred Consumer. He has done significant research online on articles, vacations and cruises.

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