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Help Bring Soldiers’ Dogs Home

Help Bring Soldiers’ Dogs Home

Have you been following the news about the Iraqi dog named Ratchet? Befriended and beloved by a U.S. soldier in Iraq, the formerly-homeless Ratchet was confiscated by the U.S. Military and not allowed to leave for the United States with his adoptive soldier. Care2 hosted a petition to help bring Ratchet home and the news media hopped on the bandwagon as well.

As of yesterday, due to the huge outpouring of outrage and the hard work of Operation Baghdad Pups, Ratchet was cleared to leave for the United States–but he missed his flight. Our fingers are tightly crossed that Ratchet makes it on his next flight, and is kept safe until then.

It’s hard to fathom the bond that a soldier might develop with a dog while employed oversees. And even harder to fathom that that bond not be honored by bureaucracy.

Fortunately, soldiers and their dogs have a network of advocacy with Operation Baghdad Pups, which was organized by the SPCA International. They have helped to successfully rescue many dogs befriended by our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the logistics of moving animals from a war zone to a new home are extremely complicated and expensive.

SPCA International’s exhaustive efforts to rescue the mascots and companion animals of United States soldiers serving in the Middle East require extensive and diligent coordination of resources and expertise. But you can help! You can donate items to abet the effort–check this wish list. You can also make a financial donation to help bring these furry war heroes home.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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5:58AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Can't see a problem here,, The Government expects troops to be in harms way and when one wants a pet, answer ..bribe a Politition and Ratchet will be home on "Air force 1"
before you know it.

6:51PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

I really hope that Ratchet will be soon in U.S. .
Good luck, little fellow! :-)

10:27AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Soldiers should be allowed to bring their furry friends back home period. I hope this doggie is in the U.S now with his loving friend!!

8:21AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

These men who served our country should at least allow to bring their friends home with them.

Rock on!!

6:01AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Please allow them a home

5:51AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

4:52AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

so much an animal can do to help and vice versa. The cost in this case, immaterial. I hope Ratchet is soon re-united his beloved soldier.

3:29AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thanks for the info

4:09PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Also be sure to check out Puppy Rescue Mission:

3:43PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

So sad, our soldiers deserve to bring home the pet that kept them company & brought a little peace to their minds, while they was in a place with no peace.

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