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December 9, 2011 > Operation Military Care K-9

Operation Military Care K-9

By Isabella Ohlmeyer

Do you feel inspired to give back this holiday season to those in need? The Bay Area Ghostbusters along with Waggin Tails Pet Supplies are encouraging that holiday spirit in hopes of pet supply donations during their K-9 Operation Military Care Package Drive. The first year drive is occurring now until January 5 inside the Waggin Tails store location at 32160 Dyer Street in Union City during store hours.

Individuals are invited to drop off pet supplies for the military dogs in the Middle East, donate money to the operation, purchase pet supplies at the Waggin Tails store and donate them, or even drop off clothing and/or other essential supplies for humans serving in the military. The Waggin Tails Pet Supplies store carries high quality brands of pet food, flea and tick medications, veterinarian-grade vitamins as well as an array of toys for pets.

The Bay Area Ghostbusters is a non-profit group who dress like the characters from the movie "Ghostbusters" in order to help raise awareness and money for Bay Area non-profit groups. They do not accept any form of compensation for their awareness efforts; the Ghostbusters simply arrive at events out of the kindness of their hearts to help others in need of assistance.

William Prince, an employee at Waggin Tails and member of the Bay Area Ghostbusters, is a Desert Storm Veteran, who worked with military working dogs, which triggered his interest in beginning this drive. Witnessing it first-hand, Prince realized that these dogs seemed to always be in need of supplies. The idea of a care package drive also came about for Prince as he watched a documentary called "War Dogs - America's Forgotten Heroes."

In an interview, Prince stated that, "many pet stores around the holidays focus on the rescue groups in the area who do need help, however it seems that the military working dogs and their handlers are never mentioned in holiday fundraising events."

When approached with the idea, Waggin Tails felt that this was a worthwhile cause and decided to pursue it. Waggin Tails is also taking 10 percent off any supplies purchased for the care packages. A detailed list of the supplies needed for the dogs in the military include: warming mats, medium and large sizes of K-9 boots, K-9 grooming tools, nail clippers, sleeping mats, jerky, beef, rice, ear wash, and advantix. Supplies for the dog handlers include: coffee, tea, sugar, instant foods, lemonade mix, power bars, tuna, and canned foods.

Military dogs are deployed worldwide to help safeguard military bases and to detect bombs before they inflict harm. U.S. military working dogs are German and Dutch Shepards. These dogs are trained to detect explosives as well as how to sniff for drug substances and to protect their handlers at all times.

While the military dogs are keeping our country protected and safe, donate supplies to them for their own survival. All proceeds and supplies will go directly to the dogs and their handlers in the Middle East.

For more information on how to donate to this drive or participate in the event, call Waggin Tails Pet Supplies at (510) 471-7387. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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