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July 16, 2009

Contact: Darlene White
Executive Director
Cell: 619-847-8755

OPERATION ENDURING DOG REUNITES SOLDIERS WITH THEIR DOGS

First of Three Dogs Scheduled to Arrive in San Diego

This Tuesday, July 21, 2009, the first of three dogs being rescued from Afghanistan for Camp Pendleton soldiers will be arriving in San Diego, CA.

Operation Enduring Dog began nearly two months ago, when a soldier on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan called the San Diego Animal Support Foundation (www.SDShelters.com) to ask if there was any way they could help him rescue a puppy named Farrah, and bring her back to San Diego.

Since that time, the Foundation has been working to help three soldiers bring their dogs home from the Middle East.

The first of the dogs, Poppy, will arrive in New York on Saturday, July 18th, and will then be put on a flight, courtesy of Pet Airways, to the West Coast, arriving in San Diego on Tuesday. Poppy's story can be read on the San Diego Animal Support Foundation's website at www.SDShelters.com, as written by Mike, the soldier who will be reunited with his dog when he comes back from the war later in the month.

The San Diego Animal Support Foundation is still collecting donations to secure safe transport out of the Afghanistan for two other dogs, Farrah, whose story started the Operation Enduring Dog mission, and Mini Dog. Both dogs are located in a more remote and dangerous area of Afghanistan, but are currently being transported out of the danger zone, and are expected to arrive in the United States within the next two weeks, where they will eventually be reunited with their soldiers when they return from Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more information on Operation Enduring Dog, call the San Diego Animal Support Foundation at 619-847-8755 or visit the website at www.SDShelters.com and click on the link for Operation Enduring Dog, where you can see photos of the dogs, as well as read the stories written by the three soldiers. Poppy will be available for photo opportunities & interviews throughout the week.

Note: The SDASF would like to thank the new airlines, Pet Airways, www.PetAirways.com, for generously offering to fly all three dogs at no cost, from the East Coast to California. Thank you!