These NYPD K9 units are on a mission to collect treats & toys for deployed military dogs fighting overseas
Even the toughest dogs need toys to play with and treats to be rewarded with over the holidays – we’re talking specifically about the ‘War Dogs’ who are deployed overseas for the holiday season.
And who better to facilitate the gathering of these “necessities” than the NYPD K9 units.
NYPD K9s went on a top secret mission last week to fetch toys, treats and equipment to be donated to the military dogs who are activity deployed overseas this holiday season, the NYPD announced on social media.
With the help of their handlers, New York’s Finest & Furriest, wrangled the gifts as part of Operation War Dogs — a donation drive conducted with nonprofit Blue Lives Matter-NYC K9, the NYC Department of Corrections and law enforcement motorcycle club Vigilance LEMC.
The “classified” operation wrangled up about 30 boxes worth of donations, which will be shipped over the weekend to Afghanistan, the NY Post reported.
“Thank you letters, toys & equipment such as goggles will be shipped to K9 units on active deployment,” @NYPDSpecialops tweeted alongside a photos of the items.
K9 Timoshenko, K9 Marci and K9 Russel also helped at the “packing party” to prepare the donations for shipment, according to the department.
“We told K9 Russel he could keep one thing, and he chose the sweater,” the NYPD posted on Twitter with the dog in full holiday spirit.
We told K9 Russel he could keep one thing, and he chose the sweater. 🤦♂️
As part of “Operation War Dogs,” @NYPDSpecialops K9s & their partners collected donations for dog toys, treats & equipment. The supplies will be shipped to good boys &
girls on military deployment overseas. pic.twitter.com/SK00ZYBLQa
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 4, 2019
Operation War Dogs has proven to be a huge success – this is the first year the donation drive was held between the organizations, but the project organizers said they’re “already preparing” for next year’s run.
War dogs have proven to be an integral part of the United States military efforts abroad — like Conan, the ISIS-fighting hero who was injured when he helped take down ISIS boss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the NY Post reported.
In 2017, Bloomberg reported there were about 1,600 military dogs in the field or helping recuperating veterans.
The NYPD’s K9 units also face their share of dangerous situations, and we are grateful to have them add value to the statement “protect & serve”.
These operations are crucial in helping our efforts overseas – not only because these donations help our men, women and furbabies, but because it lets them know how much we care about them and their sacrifices.
And even though the ‘War Dogs’ aren’t aware of these good deeds, us humans know, and that’s all that matters. Kindness is Majical.