It’s Doggityday!

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  1. Lucille says:

    It took weeks to gain this super sweet pit bull’s trust.
    Aug 31, 2021

    HAPPY DOGGITYDAY!

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  2. Lucille says:

    IMPORTANT PRESS RELEASE re WORKING CONTRACT DOGS LEFT BEHIND IN KABUL

    Veteran Sheepdogs of America Responds to Common Questions on Kabul Dogs
    COLORADO SPRINGS – Veteran Sheepdogs of America is responding to common questions regarding the 51 contracted working dogs in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    1. What is the relationship with Charlotte Maxwell-Jones and Kabul Small Animal Rescue?

    We were contacted on Saturday regarding the situation on the ground at Hamid Karzai International Airport and informed of the dogs under the care of Charlotte and the Kabul Small Animal Rescue. Tommy Amenta connected us directly with Charlotte and we spoke about the dogs and received documentation of each of the 51 working dogs. The Kabul Animal Rescue has not been in custody of the dogs since Monday – which is where our organization came in. (Additional source: Washington Examiner)

    Charlotte was in contact with Joshua Hosler, our President and Chairman, when she left Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday. She was aware of our mission moving forward and gave permission for us to take the lead on this evacuation.

    Disinformation that has spread online regarding this situation has put the lives of the dogs and our friends on the ground at risk. We urge restraint to the media – and others online – when spreading secondhand information online. As much as we appreciate the press taking an interest in this story and bringing in donations, we would rather a story be put on hold than to risk lives.

    2. Clarify the difference between these 51 “working dogs” and other dogs that are currently wandering the airport and surrounding area in Kabul.

    There are rumored to be upwards of 100-400 “other” dogs around Hamid Karzai International Airport. We are not aware if these are rescue, other contracted working dogs, etc. We have no documentation on them. The 51 dogs we are working to evacuate do have their documentation and are currently crated and in a specific location at the airport. We have eyes on these dogs and have confirmed their safety as recently as today. Since yesterday, we have also captured 83 of these dogs, suspected to be abandoned and rescue dogs, and are doing all we can to bring them with us back on the plane as well.

    3. The Pentagon has refuted the allegation that American working dogs were left behind. Can you respond?

    Technically, they are correct, in that dogs owned by the American government were indeed taken with our troops during the planned evacuation. Unfortunately, they’re intentionally being clever with their words. The 51 working dogs we have in our custody were those that were contracted, meaning that they were trained and owned by the Afghan military or private contractors and utilized in U.S. Military operations. These dogs were at Hamid Karzai International Airport (then under the care of Kabul Small Animal Rescue) on Monday and were denied entry on final departing U.S. Military flights.

    4. You’ve mentioned 170 individuals who you will also be working to evacuate?

    This number is in flex and dependent upon who we can get to the airport and who we cannot. We promise we’re doing all that we can and we hope this story has a happy ending.

    5. What organizations or governmental departments are you currently in contact with regarding this mission?

    The U.S. State Department, the German Government, the Quatar Government (which is handling flight logistics at the airport), U.S. officials at Ramstein Air Base, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, K9 Mission Rescue, and others we cannot disclose at this time.

    6. Why can you not share more information regarding the flight and plan at this time?

    Lives are at risk. Simple as that. We promise full transparency and disclosure after the mission is complete. We’re a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and we’re not going anywhere. All we can promise is that money has been paid and plans are in motion, anything else would jeopardize the lives of those involved in Afghanistan.

    7. What happens if this doesn’t happen?

    If things fall through – funding specifically for this mission will be returned to donors. Otherwise, we will continue to work towards getting our allies – humans and dogs – to safety. This is the first of hopefully many missions we will assist with in Afghanistan to bring our allies (both two and four-legged) to safety.

    “The situation on the ground in Kabul is becoming more dangerous by the hour,” said Joshua Hosler, President and Chairman of VSA. “It’s excruciating for us to not be able to share the details of the mission moving forward, but doing so could endanger the lives of our partners on the ground and the dogs we’re doing everything we can to save.”

    “By all means, hold us accountable,” said Anthony Archer, Vice President of the VSA. “We are legitimate non-profit organization that is led by veterans. Our names are public, our organization is public, and we’ll do everything we can to verify our work once those dogs – and individuals – leave the tarmac and we can guarantee their safety.”

    The Veteran Sheepdogs of America will continue to update individuals via email and social media as information can be disclosed.
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    Our mailing address is:
    Veteran Sheepdogs of America
    31 N Tejon St Ste 315
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903-1517

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