As a disabled Veteran, you can go to most any state and get free room and board -- something that we at Save-A-Vet believe to be one of the right ways to treat those who fought for our freedom. At this time though, K-9's are not considered veterans, but equipment. This is something we will continue to work on changing.
In addition, K-9's that are deemed too aggressive, are currently put down -- something else you would never hear about with a human disabled or "aggressive" soldier or law enforcement officer. We do understand the liability with adopting out a K-9 that has been trained to attack or kill, or may have done so in the past. But as a current disabled vet, I have the resources of the VA Hospital for medical treatment, a VA rep with the department of labor for work, VA housing to live in, and numerous other groups and organizations set up to help me live a normal life. We at Save-A-Vet believe the fellow soldiers, police officers, search and rescue, and all other working K-9's who serve side-by-side and protect us with their lives, deserve the same courtesy.
As our organization grows, we will continue to fight for the rights of these fellow soldiers. Soldiers that did not volunteer for their jobs, but still did them with every ounce of energy they had. Soldiers that no matter what the task, the long hours, heat, cold, rain or shine, can be counted on to do their duty. Soldiers that deserve a secure retirement.
Here at Save-A-Vet we have three main goals:
1) To open a facility in every state that provides both military and law enforcement with the ability to retire their K-9 partners. These facilities will feature plenty of land for them to exercise, and room to board.
2) To hire on retired, injured, and disabled military and law enforcement veterans to work at each facility.
3) To get these Forgotten Soldiers classified as veterans instead of equipment.