Paws of War Needs Help to Rescue War-Torn Pups for Soldiers

Paws of War is on a mission to help save Max and Ruben for U.S. Army Soldiers during National Military Appreciation Month


NESCONSET, New York – Working a 24-hour shift as a soldier in the U.S. Army can be a challenging task. But every once in a while, something happens that changes their life in a good way. This happened when Corporal Riva and Specialist Vasquez were on duty while being deployed in the Middle East. While they were standing guard, they heard the whimpers of help coming from under a nearby shed. When they took a look, they spotted two emaciated pups who were filthy and had their ears cut off as well as other atrocious abuse.

“These two soldiers saved the little dogs, but now they need our help to save them again,” says Dereck Cartright, a disabled veteran who is the stateside logistics coordinator at Paws of War. “May is National Military Appreciation Month is a great way to show our appreciation. We will do everything to relocate those pups to America to live out their lives with the soldier’s families.”

Rescuing the pups by swaddling them and giving them food and water, they were set on a path that not only nurtures the dogs back to health but would create an inseparable bond. The dogs, which they named Max and Ruben, became the highlight of the soldier’s day, spending time with them, bonding, and bringing joy to everyone around.

“No matter what was happening in my day, as soon as I could see the two pups, I felt like everything was going to be okay,” says Specialist Vasquez.

While it may be difficult for soldiers to be away from home, the soldiers made them feel some joy again. They felt normal having the dogs playing and bonding with them, and they were boosting the morale of everyone they met. Max and Ruben became family with the soldiers, making it unbearable to hear that all the dogs around the base would be round-up and taken to be euthanized. Upon hearing that, Spc. Vasquez and Cpl. Riva began seeking help to get them rescued. They reached out to Paws of War, which has a program for helping military members bring their pets to safety from where they are stationed to their homes in America.

“So many members of the squad fell in love with the pups. They became a joyful part of their day, nursing them back to health, seeing them take their first steps and eventually playing about,” says Corporal Riva. “The pups made us feel normal again. They boosted morale and brought laughter back to our lives.”

Paws of War is up against the clock to help save Max and Ruben from being euthanized. They seek donations to help support the rescue mission and safely get them relocated back to America. To support their efforts and make a donation, visit:

Paws of War has a War-Torn Pups & Cats program that focuses on reuniting military personnel with the animals they rescue and bond with as they serve overseas. All the pets are rescued at no cost to the military heroes. The program is funded by donations by the community, which helps to cover the costs of getting the pets transported, veterinary care, etc. To learn more
about the War-Torn Pups & Cats program, visit the site:

Paws of War has been operating around the world since 2014, helping the military save the animals they rescue while deployed overseas. They have helped veterans with numerous issues, including PTSD, suicide prevention, service, and support dogs, companion cats and dogs, food insecurity, veterinary care, and animal rescue for deployed military. As the demand for
Paws of War’s services grew, and traditional fundraisers like galas and golf outings were sidelined, putting a crimp in the needed funding to keep these services going. Paws of War has a large loyal following of supporters and looks forward to working with new corporate sponsors to support these life-saving programs running.

About Paws of War

Paws of War is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists military members and their pets, rescues and trains dogs to be service dogs, and provides companion animals to veterans. To learn more about Paws of War and the programs provided or donate, visit its site at:

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