Celebrate K9 Veterans Day

Pepper, an adorable Weimarner/Hound mix, is seven months old. He is very shy and needs a kind person to give him attention. Pepper is patient and tolerant but sometimes needs encouragement, because he will flop down when he does not want to do something. He is learning how to walk on a leash and is looking for a patient partner. Come and meet him: he will spice up your life.

Pepper, an adorable Weimarner/Hound mix, is seven months old. He is very shy and needs a kind person to give him attention. Pepper is patient and tolerant but sometimes needs encouragement, because he will flop down when he does not want to do something. He is learning how to walk on a leash and is looking for a patient partner. Come and meet him: he will spice up your life.

March 13 is K9 Veterans Day. This is an unofficial holiday created by Joe White, a Vietnam War veteran, dog handler and patriot. The idea is to commemorate the dogs who have served in the various branches of the military.

During World War I, dogs had many duties as sentries and message carriers. The U.S. recognized the benefits of K9s and developed methods to train them. In 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the government changed policies to allow dog owners to volunteer their pets for duty.

On March 13, 1942, the United States K9 Corps became official. Since that time, dogs have had an active role in the military. They work for the Border Patrol, Customs, Airport Service, Police, Secret Service, and FBI K9s.

The American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage is the nation’s highest honor for military dogs. On July 13, 2019, four dogs received the award. In a ceremony on Capitol Hill, military leaders presented the awards and praised the following dogs for their bravery.

MWD (official title for retired military dogs) Troll conducted 89 missions in Afghanistan. He located three IEDs saving 65 Coalition Forces members. He is a happy retiree!

MWD Niko worked for the U.S. Department of State. In Afghanistan, MWD Niko conducted more than 600 missions. He also protected U.S. dignitaries including the Secretary of State.

MWD Emmie served with the U.S. Marine Corps during Operation Enduring Freedom. She completed three tours in Afghanistan as an Improvised Explosive Device Detector dog. In retirement, she is a service dog for an autistic boy.

Sgt. Yeager completed combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Yeager participated in over 100 patrols. Awarded the Purple Heart for injuries, he is now retired.

We salute the hard working dogs in our military; you are man’s best friend!

IN NEED OF
Folks who need help affording spaying/neutering for dogs or cats. The SNAPS program details are below.

Aluminum cans. If you have cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500) and we will come get them. You can also drop them off at CAPS.

Dry cat food and Friskies wet. Dry dog food and Pedigree wet food. Our current supplier of donated food is no longer distributing food to shelters. We need help to maintain our guests.

Bleach and cleaning supplies.

SHOUT OUT TO
Renee, Mike Senior, Mike Junior at Grocery Outlet in Fernley for their generous donation. A Four-Paw-Salute to you!

Everyone who signed up for AmazonSmile we just received a donation of $160 from purchases.
Wagging tails to you!

Folks who have made donations using Facebook and PayPal. Happy Tails to You!

COME SEE US
CAPS is now open, by appointment only, for adoptions, SNAPS, and food pantry. We cannot accept volunteers until further notice. Call 775-423-7500.

DON’T FORGET
March Pet Holiday: K9 Veteran’s Day is March 13.

SNAPS is a program offered to Churchill County residents through CAPS that provides low-cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2020 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or veterans disability card including a photo ID. Also required are a Churchill County ID and a co-pay. For information, call CAPS at 423-7500.

CONTACT CAPS
CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, Nevada 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me at jkwmil@outlook.com.

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