It was a simple act really. After the death of my much-loved dog Ralphie in October 2009, I began looking for a way to honor his memory. In my online search, I came across the Military Channel’s No Dog Left Behind documentary about the efforts to reunite military personnel with animals they found and bonded with while at war. During the hour-long program, I realized the deep bonds that are formed between wartime soldiers and their battle buddies.
“…the power of human-animal bond to comfort, heal, and inspire the best in people in the worst situations; to find their humanity in the midst of dehumanizing conditions.” – Military Channel’s ‘No Dog Left Behind’ documentary – aired November 15, 2009.
In honor of Ralphie and in honor of all the men and woman who bravely defend our freedom each day, I founded Save the Pups, a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to providing financial support to reunite military personnel with the stray animals they found and bonded with while at war. The dollars raised are given to organizations who coordinate the complicated logistics and transportation requirements to reunite these beloved pets with the soldier or soldier’s family back here in the States. These important animals not only help our heroes in the war zone, but they also help them readjust to life back home after combat.
Thank you for your support!
Trish Gohl, Founder
Save the Pups, Inc.