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Rover Oaks Pet Resort Hosting Operation: War Dogs!, a Month-Long Donation Drive to Support the United States War Dogs Associatio

Posted Jun 13 2011 11:20am

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THIS JUST IN!  If you donate $20 or more, you will recieve this great commemorative dog tag!!!

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Rover Oaks Pet Resort recently launched a month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs!, to support the United States War Dogs Association (USWDA).  The drive officially began on Memorial Day and will culminate on Independence Day, July 4, 2011.  

The USWDA is an organization of former and current military dog handlers and other individuals committed to promoting the long history of military service dogs, establishing permanent War Dog Memorials, and educating the public about the invaluable service of these canines to our country.

During Operation: War Dogs!, Rover Oaks will donate $5.00 to the USWDA for every large bag of dog food, shed control service, good manners training class, puppy class, and daycare premium bath purchased at their Houston and Katy locations.  In addition, Rover Oaks will decorate their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to USWDA.  Every dollar counts and anyone interested in making a monetary donation is encouraged to stop by either Rover Oaks location to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier they wish to recognize.  These donations will help provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding and other necessities.  

“We wanted to do something to show our support for our troops to commemorate Memorial Day and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday,” said Joy Ricke, Customer Relations Manager at Rover Oaks Katy.  “Our soldiers, both two and four-legged, risk their lives daily to ensure our freedom and we wanted to honor these heros while helping raise much-needed funds to aid them in continuing their program.” 

Military Working Dogs have been used by the U.S. Military since World War I.  Dogs, along with their volunteer handlers, are trained in teams as scouts, trackers, sentry, mine/booby-trap/tunnel and water detection of hostile forces.  Dogs have been used in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Today all branches of our Armed Forces are utilizing Military Patrol Dogs specializing in drug and bomb/explosive detection. Currently, there are approximately 600-700 of these canines in the Middle East in such places as Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, patrolling bases, military compounds, ammunition depots and military check points.  They are guarding and protecting our military personnel as they were trained to do, with courage, loyalty and honor.

As Operation: War Dogs! nears its end, Rover Oaks will hold a special event on Saturday, July 2 to celebrate Independence Day and to celebrate everyone's contribution to the War Dog effort.  The celebration will feature special activities including a "patriotic pup" contest, free goodies from Natura Pet Products and lots of tasty food and refreshments for people and their pets.  Mark your calendar for July 2, and stay tuned for all the details about the celebration.  It promises to be a day of fun with our dogs as well as a day to remember what is so special about Memorial Day and July 4 – honoring those who serve and protect our country and freedom!

Donations are accepted at either Rover Oaks location or over the phone.  Rover Oaks Katy, 281-693-7687, is located at 24250, Kingsland Blvd. Katy 77494.  Rover Oaks Houston, 713-662-2119, is located at 2550 West Bellfort, Houston 77054.  To learn more about Rover Oaks, their services or for directions, visit . To learn more about the USDWA, their programs and how they are assisting our country, visit





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