Save-A-Vet began in the heart of Iraq War veteran Danny Scheurer when he was stationed in one of the most dangerous places in Baghdad during one of the worst times in the war. Danny learned that a military contractor whose contract with the government was not being renewed had decided to leave their corporate-owned K-9's behind to avoid the costs of transporting and sheltering them and abandon these noble animals in the backstreets of Baghdad.
Like all GI's, he had come to love military working dogs and regard them as war buddies and comrades-in-arms. Faced with this horrible specter of these abandoned dogs, Danny decided that when he got back to the States he was going to do something about it to assure that every canine veteran received the same honor and care as our human veterans. Since then, thousands of people have joined with Danny and Save-A-Vet to champion the cause of our K-9 heroes.
Save-A-Vet helps rescue military & law enforcement working dogs & other service animals from being put down when their service to country & community is done, and to provide housing and relief for disabled veterans who help take care of them.
We have successfully pursued these goals through a comprehensive 4-point program of awareness, advocacy, adoption, and rescue.
Since our founding in 2007, Save-A-Vet has helped raise awareness for millions of people about the need for adoption and rescue of military working dogs who are no longer able to serve. We have done this through a wide range of activities including -- attending and sponsoring all kinds of public events where we share information about the need; sharing inspiring stories about the heroic lives of these dogs with our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media friends; sharing our logoed clothing and other gear with people throughout the country and soldiers all over the world; and by attracting a truckload of press coverage to spread the word.
In addition to raising public awareness, Save-A-Vet works to mobilize public opinion around specific actions people, corporations, and governments can take to help honor and protect our military and law enforcement working dogs and other service animals. Some of our current areas of interest include transportation and medical benefits for adopted MWD's, disposition of MWD's serving with private contractors, and transfer of MWD's to foreign governments that may not share our legal protections and cultural appreciation for these heroic animals.
Save-A-Vet has always been a big supporter of the MWD adoption program run by Lackland Air Force Base. In fact, until we build our first shelter facility all the MWD's we rescue technically come through the adoption process (even though these dogs had previously been classified as "unsuitable for adoption" to the general public).
This is the ultimate Save-A-Vet mission -- to rescue MWD's, K-9's, and other service animals who cannot be placed anywhere else because of their special needs, and to provide housing and relief for disabled veterans who help take care of them. Think of us as a kind of "Catcher in the Rye" for these "other forgotten soldiers" and their human caregivers. Our goal is to build combined rescue shelter / veteran's housing facilities around the country reasonably close to VA hospitals -- where these human and canine companions can live and heal together as long as they need.
We have been able to achieve so much because of the help of so many friends -- including countless volunteers, thousands of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media followers, dozens of corporate, nonprofit, and government sponsors and allies, and thousands of bike ride supporters around the country.
To all our loyal supporters and friends we give a hardy: "Woof! Woof!" (That is doggy-talk for "Hooah!") Thanks for all you do!
Save-A-Vet nfp Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations -- both in-kind and cash contributions -- are fully tax-deductible. You can see our Form 990 tax returns and other information on our "Reports" page. We are as yet too small for places like GuideStar and Charity Navigator to cover us.