Monmouth University Veterans Association will host a care package drive for military working dogs overseas on March 27 and March 29 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, 1st Floor Information Booth.

Military Working Dogs (MWD’s) face many of the same dangers as our troops in combat. Handlers and canines patrol together, day after day, linked by a leash and an innate understanding of each other. Military dogs in Afghanistan die as a result of attacks, heat exhaustion, and other causes. Often the role of the MWD goes unrecognized. While their basic needs are met, a care package sends a message that both dog and handler are remembered for their bravery by those of us back home.

Members will be collecting care package items for the military working dogs all day on Tuesday and Thursday.

Suggested items include: tennis balls (new or gently used) which are used as a training reward, one-ingredient treats (such as freeze dried liver), Kong toys, Nylabone chews and toys, unscented shampoo with oatmeal added to prevent dry skin, collapsible water bowls, and leather leashes.

Monmouth University is located at 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ. Parking is available in the Larchwood Avenue parking lot.

For more information, call Jeff Hood, coordinator of Veteran Services, at 732-263-5258.

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