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Congressional Briefing to Urge Return, Reunification of America's Four-footed Veterans

Three Heroic Military Dog Teams Recently Reunited Following Duty in Afghanistan and Iraq to Plead Case


Military war dogs will be taking the Hill to make an urgent case for bringing home all our four-footed veterans who save lives on the battlefield and on the homefront. American Humane Association will be joined by three war dog teams they recently reunited and Members of Congress to urge the repatriation of America's most courageous canines and reunification with their heroic handlers.


  • Military Working Dog Cila and U.S. Army Sergeant Jason Bos
  • Military Working Dog Ryky and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James Harrington
  • Military Working Dog Thor and U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Deano Miller
  • American Humane Association Military Hero Dog of the Year CWD Carlos and Ruby Ridpath
  • Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association president and CEO
  • Kristen Maurer, president of Mission K9 Rescue
  • Members of Congress and the media
  • John Payne, American Humane Association chairman, former president and GM of Bayer Healthcare's North American Animal Health Division, and president and CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital


War dogs have helped soldiers since time immemorial, aiding Roman warriors, guarding troops during the Civil War, serving as messengers in World War I, and locating enemy positions in World War II and Vietnam. More recently, a military dog was part of the team that killed Osama Bin Laden, and during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq it is estimated that each war dog saved the lives of 150-200 service members. Even more lives can be improved and saved by these courageous canines as they assist returning veterans to overcome post-traumatic stress. Yet when our service men and women end their tours of duty and return home, their faithful military dogs do not always follow. American Humane Association, the country's first national humane organization, which has been bringing home and reuniting hero war dogs with their handlers, believes this situation needs to change, both for our veterans and to make sure our four-footed soldiers get the hero's welcome, loving, forever home, and happy, healthy, and dignified retirement they so richly deserve after a lifetime of service to their country. Please join us, these hero dogs and their hero handlers as we advocate the return and reunification for all our hero dogs!


Wednesday, July 23 at 2:30 pm
Cannon Building – Room 210
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

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