Helping Bring All Heroes Home

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Reuniting military dogs with their handlers

Nowhere is the remarkable bond between dogs and people more critical than on the battlefield. Soldiers have been relying on these four-footed comrades-in-arms for thousands of years, and today they are more important than ever in keeping our service men and women safe. With their unparalleled ability to sniff out and detect explosives and other dangers, it is estimated that each military working dog saves the lives of between 150-200 soldiers. When not keeping our warriors out of harm's way, the dogs provide our troops with companionship and an invaluable sense of normalcy and home in almost unimaginable circumstances.

Faced daily with life or death situations, the bond between these dogs and the soldiers who work with them is nearly unbreakable. Yet when our human warriors end their tours of duty and return home, their faithful military dogs do not always follow.

To ensure that all our heroes come home, American Humane Association is working to bring back retired military dogs and reunite them with their former handlers. We help raise funds to pay for these heroes' transport home, where the once-inseparable pair can be reunited and enjoy the peace and freedom they earned. The benefits to both soldier and dog are immeasurable and we can make sure that the four-footed veterans who served our country receive the hero's welcome, dignified retirement, and loving, forever home they so richly deserve.

Meet Military War Dog Cila!

Cila is a Specialized Search Dog whom Sgt. Jason Bos worked with from 2008 to 2012, searching out explosives both overseas during battle and on our own soil protecting our citizens. Thanks to the help of generous supporters of American Humane Association, after two years apart, military war heroes Cila and her hero handler were reunited in April 2014!

"As a recent veteran myself, I have received love and compassion from many supportive people. Now is the time to give these hard working dogs the same type of treatment!" – Sgt. Jason Bos, United States Army

How You Can Help

America's bravest men, women, children, and military animals give so much to our country but need your support! Help us thank these heroes for their selfless service by contributing today to make these reunions a reality. Your gift today can help these heroes – and our nation. For more information, please contact us at 1-866-242-1877 or

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