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Website Helps Members of Military Bring Pets Home

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As the famous saying goes, "dog is man's best friend."

For our soliders stationed in Afghanistan stray dogs there can become even more than that.

These dogs have saved American lives.

Soldiers serving in Afghanistan often times want to take their pets with them when they leave that country.

Many would not be able to if not for The Puppy Rescue Mission, which through it's website works to help soliders do just that.

Anna Cannan, whose fiance was stationed in Afghanistan, developed thepuppyrescuemission.org when she realized what his dog meant to him.

Cannan and her volunteers raise money to have these dogs shipped to the United States.

"We are 100% volunteer-based and 100% based on donations," Cannan said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"We are applying for our 501c3 status (which officially makes them a non-profit organization). So right now we have no sponsors."

However, that has not stopped thepuppyrescuemission.org from being successful.

"We have brought 80 dogs here in one year, all from Afghanistan," Cannan said. "Most of the Taliban don't like dogs because they don't like anything that makes our military happy."

Members of the American military like Nicholas, an Army E-4 Specialist who is benefitting from the services provided by the website.

His last name cannot be published.

"In all honesty this website is one of the best things I've actually ever scene," Nicholas said in a telephone interview with FOX 26 Sports from Afghanistan.

His exact location cannot be revealed.

"It gives us a chance to take something special home from Afghanistan that gets us through the day here," Nicholas said.

Nicholas recalls one story when the soldiers' pets became much more than that.

"A bomb went off and one of the dogs actually dragged a few soldiers that were wounded away from the blast area and saved a few lives," Nicholas said.

"Amazing" is the word Nicholas used to describe the efforts by The Puppy Rescue Mission for men and women like himself who are in the military serving in Afghanistan.

"In my unit alone we've already gotten three puppies home that belong to us," Nicholas said. "One's going to Boston with me. It's just great.

"Everyone I've talked to just loves this website and what it's done for us over here."

Nicholas said it took $3200 to get his puppy home and puppyrescuemission.org helped raise the money in eight days.

Music to the ears of the website's many volunteers, including Dawn Lowe of Houston, who also donates money to the cause.

"I think these animals are one of the few things that keep these soldiers sane over there, one of the few consistencies," said Lowe. "Something that gives them unconditional love, something that they know they can go back to after fighting for our country and the reason we are able to live the way we do is because our military fights to keep it that way.

"My passion is animals and to be able to help them in any way I can. These animals are our military men's and women's companions. You wouldn't want to leave your own pet if you had to move and the comfort of being able to bring them home is a big deal for them."

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