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Englewood, CO, United States, 2011/06/17 - In support of Operation Baghdad Pups, Bark Busters seeks to make a record-breaking donation to the organization that helps soldiers bring pets they befriend in the war zone back home.
In support of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International (SPCA International), Bark Busters, the world’s largest dog training company, announced the launch of its Fight to Bring Soldiers’ Pups Home campaign. The Bark Busters program is a nationwide fundraiser to help SPCA International continue to fund a costly but critical program: Operation Baghdad Pups. Operation Baghdad Pups provides assistance to servicemen and women and their families who wish to transport an adopted pet from the war zone to their home in the United States.
As part of a long-standing partnership with SPCA International, Bark Busters Dog Behavioral Therapists currently evaluate Baghdad Pups when they arrive in the United States and provide free training to the pets and their caregivers—more than 110 dogs over the last 3 years. Bark Busters’ Fight to Bring Soldiers’ Pups Home is a way to thank SPCA International for its dedication to these animals and our troops by helping to raise the funds they need to support this program.
“We are elated to grow our partnership with SPCA International by activating our community of dog behavioral therapists and their networks to raise money for this cause close to our hearts,” said Liam Crowe, CEO and master dog behavioral therapist of Bark Busters USA. “By creating this program, we can all come together to contribute to a great organization and help them continue on their mission.”
To raise money and awareness, a portion of Bark Busters training lessons will be donated to the Fight to Bring Soldiers’ Pups Home campaign through 2011. Additionally, Bark Busters is urging the public to make donations of $5, $10 or more by visiting barkbusters.com and clicking on the Fight to Bring Soldiers’ Pups Home pop-up screen.
Since 2008, Operation Baghdad Pups has helped military personnel transport their pets from the war zone to the U.S. Every animal in the program must already have a home waiting in the states before being accepted. SPCA International carefully counsels soldiers to make sure they are aware of the potential challenges they and their families might face as the pet they have befriended adjusts to living in a real home, not a war zone.
“The logistics of moving animals from a war zone to a new home overseas are complicated and really expensive,” said Stephanie Scott, SPCA International’s director of communications. “We operate solely on donations and volunteers, so we are thrilled that Bark Busters has offered to help us meet our financial needs.”
For more information on Operation Baghdad Pups, or to make a donation, please visit barkbusters.com.
About Bark Busters
Bark Busters, the world's largest, most trusted dog training company, started in Australia in 1989 and came to the United States in 2000. Since inception, more than 500,000 dogs have been trained worldwide using its dog-friendly, natural methods. With 240+ franchised offices in 40 states and more than 400 offices in 10 countries, Bark Busters is continuing its mission to build a global network of dog behavioral therapists to enhance responsible dog ownership and reduce the possibility of maltreatment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion dogs. Bark Busters is the only international dog training company that offers guaranteed lifetime support. SPCA International selected Bark Busters dog behavioral training services as the “Best of the Best” in its category. No other training company or dog trainer received such a distinction. To fetch a trainer in your area, call 1-877-500-BARK (2275) or visit barkbusters.com, where dog owners can complete a Dog Behavioral Quiz to rate their dogs' behavior.
About SPCA International
The mission of SPCA International (spcai.org) is simple but vast: to advance the safety and well-being of animals. Through outreach, rescue and educational programs SPCA International spearheads lifesaving initiatives and assist grassroots animal activists worldwide. One cornerstone program, Operation Baghdad Pups, helps U.S. troops safely transport the animals they befriend in the war zone home to the United States. These important animals not only help our heroes in the war zone, but also help them readjust to life back home after combat.