Posted: July 31, 2012, 8:00 p.m. EDT
During the month of July, PSCPets.com of Menomonie, Wis., an online supplier of pet health and wellness products, donated one $26.99 bottle of its chewable PSCPets Joint Support supplement tablets to Support Military Working Dogs of Donnelsville, Ohio, for every $5 donation it received from customers through its Rescue Outreach Program.
Every month PSCPets.com uses its Rescue Outreach Program to help benefit animal welfare causes. For July, because Americans celebrate the nation’s independence, PSCPets.com wanted to honor the military by showing its support of military working dogs, explained Jill Erisman, vice president of Support Military Working Dogs.
“They found us through an Internet search, gave us a call and told us what they’d like to do for us,” she said.
Staff Sergeant Kitts and his military working dog Mayo. Photo Courtesy of Support Military Working Dogs
Support Military Working Dogs was founded in 2008 by Starline Nunley, whose son was a helicopter pilot stationed in Iraq at the time. Nunley came to the realization that military dogs were having trouble functioning in the triple-digit heat of so common in the Middle East during the summer. One of the key pieces of dog gear Support Military Working Dogs provides for dogs in the field are cooling vests.
Another problem noted by Erisman is that some of the active military dogs are getting up there in years.
“Some of the military working dogs are five, six and seven years old, and we’ve had handlers in the past express an interest in getting their older dogs some sort of joint support product to help keep them healthy during their deployment,” Erisman said.
According to Erisman, handlers contact Support Military Working Dogs with requests and the organization determines what the dogs’ needs are and ships the correct supplies out to them.
“When we receive requests from handlers with older dogs, we’ll include some of the PSCPets Joint Support supplement in what we send them,” said Erisman.
Since its founding, Support Military Working Dogs has supported approximately 644 active-duty military working dogs, according to Erisman.
“All of the dogs we currently support represent all branches of the military and most are deployed to Afghanistan,” Erisman said.
“Support Military Working Dogs is very thankful to PSCPets.com for contacting us and for making this generous donation,” she added.
Anyone wishing to find out more about Support Military Working Dogs or wishing to make a donation can go to www.supportmilitaryworkingdogs.org for more information. Anyone interested in finding out more about PSCPets.com’s Rescue Outreach Program can visit www.probioticsmart.com/pets/PSCPets-Rescue-Outreach-Program.<HOME>
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