Rover Oaks Pet Resort is preparing to launch its eighth annual month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs, to support non-profit organization Mission K9 Rescue, the Houston-area based chapter and worldwide transportation and care arm of the United States War Dogs Association (USWDA).  The drive officially begins on Memorial Day and ends on Independence Day, July 4, 2018. Since 2011, Rover Oaks Pet Resort and Operation: War Dogs have raised over $100,000 for US War Dogs.

Mission K9 Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the service of retiring and retired Military Working Dogs and Contract Working Dogs. They provide monetary, transportation, adoption, and professional assistance for these retired hero dogs. They became the 6th chapter of USWDA in 2013 and over the past five years, Mission K9 has rescued over 250 US War dogs and facilitated over 100 dog and handler reunions.  They work tirelessly to find adoptive homes capable of meeting the unique needs of a retired military working dog, and reuniting these dogs with their former handlers whenever possible. Videos of some of these reunions can be viewed on their website.

During Operation: War Dogs, donations will be accepted at Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Houston near NRG Stadium and Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Katy near Katy Mills Mall.  Donations can also be made via PayPal online at Rover Oaks will give a free night of boarding at one of their facilities to every donor who contributes $100 or more.  Donations of $25 will receive a commemorative army dog tag necklace or yappy hour treat pass.  In addition, Rover Oaks will decorate their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to Mission K9 Rescue.  Every dollar counts and anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop by either Rover Oaks location to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier or war dog they wish to recognize. 100% of the funds raised by Operation: War Dogs goes directly to Mission K9 Rescue.

“This will be our eighth year to host Operation: War Dogs, and every year we see an even greater response from the community.  I am so honored to see how generously our community responds in helping to raise funds for our war dogs,” said Claire Ellington, General Manager of Rover Oaks Pet Resort’s Houston location.  “We are grateful for organizations like Mission K9 Rescue, and we feel so lucky just to have the opportunity to help them continue their amazing and much needed mission.”

“Between Rover Oaks’ Houston and Katy-area locations, we are able to reach a large audience of dog-lovers and supporters,” said Joy Lee, General Manager of Rover Oaks Pet Resort’s Katy location. “We think it’s important to harness this reach for good, and we can’t think of a more deserving organization to put our support behind.”

“We believe that these hero dogs deserve a chance to rest and play as they move on from their service to protect our country,” said Kristen Maurer, President of Mission K9 Rescue. “We’re thrilled to hear that Rover Oaks Pet Resort will be making this effort to raise donations that will allow us to continue the work that we do.”

Today, all branches of our armed forces are utilizing Military Patrol Dogs specializing in drug and bomb/explosive detection. Many people don’t know that there are literally thousands of these dogs that have risked their lives in the protective service of our military personnel. Our military service dogs have worked to detect bombs, drugs, weaponry and much more. They deserve a chance to rest and play as they move on from their service, and your donation to Operation: War Dogs will make that possible.

Visit today to make a donation and help save the life of our war dog heroes in need.

Donations will be accepted at either Rover Oaks location. Rover Oaks Houston, 713-662-2119, is located at 2550 West Bellfort, Houston 77054.  Rover Oaks Katy, 281-693-7687, is located at 24250 Kingsland Blvd., Katy 77494.