Thanks to the Zoetis RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program, retired military and police dogs will now receive free health benefits.
The owners of retired military and police dogs often do not have the funds to pay for their beloved pet’s care. Zoetis has agreed to provide these dedicated dog lovers with a $300 debit card that they can use for their dog’s basic veterinary care.
One of the hero partners to receive the new benefit is Cpl. Matthew Foster of the U.S. Marine Corps and his IED detecting dog, Sgt. Mick.
Foster shared what his days with Mick in the military were like.
“As an IED detection dog, Mick would search for explosives, sweeping an area. I was right behind (him), then, behind us was the remainder of the platoon. Every day we depended on one another. We did this for nine months,” he said.
“One day, Mick lay down and stared. We knew there was explosive detected.” Foster pauses.”He saved my life, for sure, and probably the rest of the platoon — 20 other people. Doesn’t he deserve care as he ages?”
Diane Whetsel founded the non-profit Sage Foundation for Dogs Who Serve, and named it after her late dog. The organization promotes the welfare of hero dogs who’ve faithfully served in wars, police work, crime prevention and rescue efforts through education and increasing public awareness.
Sage was a search-and-rescue dog in Iraq. He worked at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 and helped in the search-and-rescue operation after Hurricane Katrina.
Shortly after retiring, Sage passed away due to illness that may have been related to his work.
Source: Chicago Now