Our Soldiers/Dogs




Her Soldier writes, "As the Soldiers arrived on base they saw a dog tied to a fence just outside. She was dirty, with her bones showing, and was used as a bait dog. We quickly untied her and put her in the truck. Her whole buddy was full of tics and barely any hair on her. Very afraid at first she was hesitant to get too close. After a bath and chicken and rice she quickly stayed near our side. She is a loving, playful, and caring pup who loves drives out to the flight line to scare the birds away. Loves playing fetch and has become our moral here on this covert base. I am writing for help to get her back to the United States.  She is a loving dog and deserves getting the opportunity to get her to her forever home in the United States."
SF Sean wrote, "We were on patrol and came across DSHK – we estimated she was around 2-4 weeks old. "She was mangy and looked as if she wouldn't last much longer. She was so sick with Parvo & so skinny we picked her up, brought her into their location and began to care for her. She had two episodes of extreme sickness, we literally had to mush up dog food and force her to eat small amounts & give her little bits of water as much as we could. And we gave her love." Eventually, she showed signs of improvement & she began to put on some weight. DSHK never wants to leave our team’s side- she is always happily greeting us & loves to accompany us on certain outings. When we are out doing things that she cannot come with she is well cared for from someone at the location. When our team gets back, she cries & jumps to greet them! She is our sunshine and happiness in an otherwise harsh & destroyed land. There was no question that she needs to come home with me- she is my baby. The bond of a soldier & his/her war dog is not something any of us can begin to understand, but I'd like to think if we open our hearts we may be able to try." This reunion is made possible through the generosity of PetSmart Charity donation.
Darya is reunited with their Sailor Robert in Pennsylvania. Darya’s journey to the USA was made possible by our generous supporters.


Ellie is here in the USA and reunited with her Airman Zach, thanks to the generous donations from TD Bank and their wonderful customers! Zach writes, “…Ellie will be welcomed into our home with open arms and given a chance to live a life without worry. Thank you so very much for making this possible, and be certain that Ellie will be well taken care of.”  Ellie & Zach were reunited in the USA in December, 2016.


Jaime writes, “The base I was on had several friendly stray dogs. They were all living under a connex next to my barracks. Daily, I and other soldiers would carry them food; they were always so excited, and loved to play. But the harsh winter would soon be arriving. I knew I wanted to try to bring them home, but had no idea how to go about it.” NDGLB raised the necessary funds to reunite Onyx and Jamie


Afah’s journey to the US was made possible with a contribution from No Dog Gets Left Behind. Afah’s original name was Molly, but her soldier’s family felt she should have an Arabic name to honor her heritage. After some research, she was renamed “Afah”, from the verb meaning “to protect”. We know Afah will be well-protected always.


Sailor Kasey writes that Oscar was born on a Navy Compound in the Middle East and is one of the five puppies born in Bell's litter. I had already made the decision to adopt a puppy after helping move Bell’s puppies to their new shelter that some of our sailors built to keep them out of harm’s way.  A while after, I found out that Oscar was available for adoption, and I immediately snapped him up as mine. Seeing as all this happened right after I ended up going over the side of one of our patrol boats, I decided to name him Oscar after the man-overboard flag flown by Navy ships. I can’t wait to give him a good home and introduce him to the family!”  We are happy to report that Oscar and his Sailor were reunited here in the USA in Summer, 2016.



Soldier Joshua writes: "Apache showed up in front of the compound one day completely emaciated. It was decided he was allowed to come onto the grounds where me and some of the other soldiers could help him get back on his feet. We started to gain his trust slowly and gave him turkey and rice to which helped him to gain weight and have the strength run around and play again. He is very friendly and loves greeting us when we get there. In no time he became one of the guys and we all bonded with him. Now I am trying to get him back to the states to be apart of my family. He gave me a little bit of home over here and reminded me what I have waiting at home for me when I return. It would mean the world to me and my girlfriend if we could get Apache to the states where he could be in his forever home.   We are happy to report that Soldier Joshua & Apache were reunited here in the USA in June, 2016.
Lucy's Soldier writes, "To say that Lucy is a diamond in the rough would be close to accurate. She is certainly unique here; gentle when other dogs are fierce, trusting when others are standoffish, sweet, when others are savage. Her puppy-like exuberance for life and innocence have endeared her to the hearts of all of those who have gotten to know her. But life has not been easy. In this dog-eat-dog world she was both blessed and cursed with a gentle nature. Before finding us, she was attacked, beat up, ripped, bitten, torn, and brutalized by the other dogs. Rather than becoming callous, she retained her sweetness, which has caused her to become the favorite of all here, who take great care to make sure that she is well fed and safe. It is the general opinion here that saving Lucy, in a small way, will make this world a more just place.  We are happy to report that Lucy and her Soldier were reunited here in the USA in April, 2016.    
Daisy's soldier writes, "Daisy showed up at our gate scared and emaciated. She had obviously never been cared for, and judging by her angst around us she had been mistreated and abused. She cowered when we approached her, but her dire need to eat kept her coming back to us. At first we gave her granola, beef jerky, and water, being careful not to make any sudden movements around her so as to not scare her away. It took about two full weeks until her skittishness subsided, at which point she became excited every time we approached the fence that separated us. She became trusting and even protective of us, sleeping by the door to our gate at night and barking at unfamiliar faces that approached. She eventually took a young puppy under her wing as well, a dog that we named Ike. As the weather got colder, we built a makeshift doghouse using a box and blankets, completed with a hardened roof and floor. Daisy and Ike were our dogs, and we treated them like part of the team. There’s something about those dogs that helped all of us throughout our deployment, and now we want to return the favor."   We are happy to report that Daisy arrived in the USA in June, 2016.
Charlie’s sailor writes “I met Charlie out here and he has made everything better, every time I come to work he brightens my day. I know summer is rolling around soon and he is not goanna have a good life here if he stays. I would be ecstatic if I could get your help in bringing him home with me, I don't currently have any pets, so having him with me would be amazing, and he would be my best friend.”. NDGLB is proudly sponsored the reunion of Charlie and his sailor.  Charlie is now home ad safe in the USA.   We are happy to report that Charlie and his Sailor were reunited in the USA in June, 2016.
NAZ landed in the U.S. in early November, and has begun PTSD training so that he can be reunited with his veteran, Robert. While deployed, Robert endured the “most extreme situations that you could ever imagine.” In those long, stressful months, the companionship and affection of NAZ was “undoubtedly the best momentary escape possible from our intense reality.” Coming home after such an ordeal can be stressful in all new ways. But, being reunited with his buddy NAZ will make Robert's transition smoother and happier.


MOXIE was rescued by her Airman Philip in Afghanistan. He writes "I found Moxie in Afghanistan; Eyes still shut and brand new in the world. She nuzzled against me on the walk through camp, stayed calm, and it just felt natural that she ended up in my life. I instantly fell in love with Moxie. It was a quick and easy decision to adopt her and raise her in a proper home.. She was a comfort to me when I came back from missions. We slept on a beat up couch together, she slept on my boot when I fed the others, and she always calmed down when in my hands or against me." NDGLB is proudly sponsoring the reunion of Moxie and her hero.


US Army Platoon Sgt rescued Jane and writes “I have been deployed to a lot of countries and seen a lot of poor animals mistreated. I am just grateful I can finally help.” NDGLB was proud to sponsorship Jane. She is now living happily with her soldier in Oregon.


From Veteran Al: "I have been deployed to Afghanistan several times in the last few years. Each time the rules on our FOBs have always been the same; No dogs or cats allowed. Every time I have come here there have always been dogs that hang around our unit. We haven’t been able to adopt them but we have always looked out for them in small ways, with food, or clean water, and sometimes a safe place to sleep. In return the dogs of Afghanistan have always taken to the unit and helped us out. On my first deployment here in 2007 we looked out for this stray dog and her pups. In a show of appreciation she would follow our elements when they went on patrol and on more than one occasion disrupted waiting ambushes saving our lives. The rules of the military prohibited us from bringing the dog or any of her pups back to the states with us. As a Veteran of Afghanistan I can think of no better companion for me or for him than another who has lived here and understands what the other has survived. After all that the dogs have done for us over the years from aiding on patrols to keeping up morale, the least I can do is give one dog a good home."


ANISA's soldier writes, “One afternoon I saw Anisa happily carrying a bag of bagels that she found in a trash bin. I was surprised and curious of how she was able to get inside the FOB and how she had managed to survive for so long. I approached her cautiously and to my surprise she greeted me with utmost friendliness. From that day on every time I had a meal I would grab an extra plate for her. Eventually she became my team's pet and everyone fed her all kind of snacks. A week after I met her and knew that she would be a great companion due to her friendliness, playfulness, and gentleness, We are the last team scheduled to operate in that fob so after our departure she was going to be on her own without any means of sustenance." We are happy to report that ANISA is living in Florida with her Soldier Daddy.



This is Neron L535, a retired Navy military working dog (drug detector) adopted by his handler. This 4-legged Veteran was retired due to back pain that rendered him unable to perform his job and recently had surgery to repair 2 ruptured discs in his back He is recovering nicely and is now able to way his tail about his back. As you can image, his medical bills are staggering, well about $12,000. NDGLB is donating $1,500 to help pay Neron’s medical costs.




SFC Tom wrote, “I'm currently serving in Afghanistan and live in WA State with my wife and my 9 year old son. We would love to add Django as a member of our family. Django is not a wild dog at all and if he stays in Afghanistan after we are gone I don't feel like he will live very long. I thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that you can help.”




SGT Mark wrote, “I am currently serving my second tour as an Infantryman in Afghanistan. After a suicide attack, which injured some of my soldiers as well as myself, I have been relocated to another location and have met the most wonderful, loving, and playful dog. Her name is KIMO and she has been staying on our base for a few months now and has done nothing but raise morale and happiness of us all. She wandered on our camp as a puppy and I believe at one time she had a broken back leg and over time has healed wrong, but she runs and plays like nothing is bothering her at all. I will be heading back home in a few months and after we leave I fear KIMO will not be able to survive on her own. She has been through more than anyone could imagine and stands guard barking at anything that moves during the night allowing us to sleep worry free.”