Rover Oaks Pet Resort just wrapped up its sixth annual Operation: War Dogs fundraiser for non-profit organization Mission K9 Rescue, the Houston chapter of the United States War Dogs Association (USWDA). The fundraiser began on Memorial Day and ended on July 4, 2016. This year, Rover Oaks raised a total of $23,521 for Mission K9 Rescue through Operation: War Dogs. To date, Rover Oaks has raised over $90,000 for this amazing organization.
Mission K9 Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the service of War Dogs, including retiring and retired Military Working Dogs and Contract Working Dogs. They provide monetary, transportation, adoption, and professional assistance for these retired hero dogs. Over the past year, Mission K9 Rescue has reunited many hero dogs with their handlers, and worked tirelessly to find adoptive homes capable of meeting the needs of a retired military working dog. Videos of some of these reunions can be viewed on their website.
"Rover Oaks is in a unique position to help an organization like Mission K9 Rescue because of the types of clients that utilize our services" said Steve Smith, Owner of Rover Oaks Pet Resort. "Our clients believe that pets are members of the family and should be treated as such. Their overwhelming response to this fundraiser shows that they feel the same way about the War Dogs who have loyally served to protect our country."
During the fundraiser, Rover Oaks encouraged their clients to donate by giving away a free night of lodging to anyone who donated $100 to Mission K9 Rescue. They also encouraged other pet care facilities to participate in the fundraiser. As a result, a group of ten other pet industry leaders from across the country launched fundraisers of their own to benefit War Dogs.
When asked what this fundraiser means to Mission K9 Rescue, their founder Bob Bryant said, "Rover Oaks stepped up to the plate and hit a home run for War Dogs everywhere. These donations provide for care, boarding, transportation, and development. Without organizations like Rover Oaks, we would be very limited in our ability to effect positive change for United States War Dogs."
"We are so grateful to Rover Oaks for this amazing fundraiser," said Kristen Maurer, President of Mission K9 Rescue. "This money helps us continue to rescue and care for more War Dogs and achieve our mission. These dogs do so much for mankind, and this fundraiser allows us to continue to give back to them," she added.