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Help a Soldier Give Her Dog the Gift of Freedom This July 4th

Stationed in the Middle East, Army Specialist Taylor has bonded with a dog she found near death, and is on a mission to beat the clock to bring him back to safety in her home country.

Image via Paws of War

July 4th celebrates our freedom as a nation. Those who want to help give back to one of our soldiers who continue to help keep the country free can do so by helping to get her dog to freedom.

Spc. Taylor thought she saw a cat lying behind a building. Upon further review, she discovered that it was a dog that had been attacked. The dog was emaciated and had deep puncture wounds, including on his stomach and above his eye. While he was near death, she took the dog back with her, named him Caesar, and went into action trying to nurse him back to health.

Image via Paws of War

Not only did she nurse Caesar back to help, aiding him in becoming stronger and healing, but the two formed a strong bond. While she was supposed to be helping him, she found that he was also helping her. On the other side of the world from her family, she found Caesar making her happy again. They would play together and he would curl up to sleep with her, providing them both with the comfort they needed to get through difficult times.

Now, she is on a mission to get Caesar out of the Middle East and send him back home to America. 

“We want to help Spc. Taylor bring her dog to America, but we can only do it with the help of our patriots,” explains Dereck Cartright, a disabled veteran who is the stateside logistics coordinator at Paws of War. “Freedom doesn’t come free, even in this case. For her dog to have freedom we will need people to help us with this mission. Even the smallest donations will add up to help make this happen.”

“Caesar and I became the closest of friends and I can’t imagine leaving him in the Middle East without me,” explains Spc. Taylor. “The new restrictions going into effect will keep him there in danger. We need to get him to freedom as soon as possible.”

Image via Paws of War

Spc. Taylor reached out to Paws of War for assistance in relocating Caesar, because they have a great reputation of helping numerous other soldiers relocate their pets. However, relocating the pets from around the world is not an easy task. It’s one that involves navigating through the challenges and logistics of relocating a pet overseas, and to pay for the care, paperwork, and flight that is involved in the mission.

To get more information or make a donation help get Caesar to freedom, visit the site: https://pawsofwar.networkforgood.com/projects/134107-save-caesar.

Paws of War runs several core programs serving veterans and first responders. The War Torn Pups & Cats program helps soldiers who have rescued a dog or cat overseas, bring them to safety where they are companion animals for the soldier. Paws of War also provides service dog training, free veterinary care, a companion animal adoption program for veterans and first responders, and an outreach program for homebound disabled veterans. Those who would like to learn more about supporting Paws of War and its mission can go online to: http://pawsofwar.org.

About Paws of War

Paws of War is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides assistance and a wide range of programs to active, retired and disabled military members. To learn more about Paws of War and the programs provided or to make a donation, visit its site at: http://pawsofwar.org

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