Military dogs getting a boost with 'Operation: war dogs'

Some military dogs are getting a much needed boost this Fourth of July weekend.

'Operation: war dogs' officially kicked off on Friday

 New Jersey's Morris Animal Inn launched the summer-long campaign -- in hopes of raising enough money to reunite military dogs serving overseas with their handlers -- or facilitate adoptions.

Money will also be raised to send much needed care packages to military dogs --that are currently deployed.

 Operation: war dogs runs through Labor Day.

Monetary donations can made online or mailed to Morris Animal Inn, 120 Sand Spring

Road, Morristown, N.J. 07960. Checks can be made payable to Mission K9 Rescue, the USWDA chapter coordinating the transport of

military dogs. Items needed for care packages can also be found on Morris Animal Inn's website and can be delivered or mailed to Morris

Animal Inn.

Military war dogs serve a vital function and it is estimated that each military canine saves the lives of between 150-200 service men and

women during their career. Today, all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are utilizing Military Patrol Dogs specializing in drug and bomb


There are approximately 2,800-3,000 of these canines stationed around the world in such places as Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany,

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and South Africa, and more. They patrol air bases, military compounds, ammunition depots, military check points, lead

patrols and clear minefields.

Morris Animal Inn is an internationally recognized, full-service, luxury pet resort for dogs and cats located in Morristown, NJ. Established in 1960,

the award-winning, family-owned country inn is a state-of-the-art facility offering lodging, spa services, grooming, training, day care and camp. For more information call 973-539-0377 or visit