Paws of War Races to Save Five Soldier’s Puppies from Africa

    Photo courtesy of Paws of War
    Photo courtesy of Paws of War

    When U.S. Army Sergeant Sonny reached out to Paws of War for help, he was desperate and didn’t know where else to turn. He had heard that the organization could make miracles happen, and that was precisely what he needed. He and some of his fellow soldiers have been caring for a litter of puppies in a remote area of Africa, and they are desperate to get them to America, where they can live out their lives with the soldiers’ families.

    “We have been working on this mission for a couple of months and have gotten it to this point, but the dogs are still so far away from home,” says Robert Misseri, the co-founder of Paws of War. This mission is complex and dangerous because of the political and social tensions. We need all the help we can get from people in the community to make this happen.”

    The puppies were born on the active airfield where the soldiers were stationed. One day, their mother disappeared, and they feared the worst had happened to her. Seeing the vulnerable puppies, the soldiers went into action, taking care of them. They also bonded with the puppies, adopting them as their own.

    They named the puppies Tusker, Safari, Jonsey, Tiifu, and Mlinzi. The adorable dogs bonded with the soldiers immediately, bringing them joy and a sense of family. Being an active airfield, it wasn’t a safe place for the puppies to stay, and they couldn’t bear to imagine what would happen to them if they were to turn them loose. In their hearts, they knew these dogs were put in their path for a reason, and they had to see a mission that would get them safely back to their home state.

    The five soldiers who are each adopting a dog all live in Indiana, including in Schererville, Cloverdale, Roachdale, Nineveh, and Shelbyville. The mission to get them there has already been long, time-consuming, and costly. They have been transported by donkey, boat, hand carts, and other primitive methods to veterinary care. The dogs have been vaccinated and are in the process of gaining weight so they can safely make the journey to America.

    “The puppies cannot survive here on their own, as it’s far too dangerous,” says U.S. Army Sergeant Sonny. “We want them to have safe, happy lives with us in America, but that can only be happy with the help of Paws of War. We appreciate every effort to help with this mission of these puppies we consider to be family.”

    Paws of War is asking for donations of any size to help with this mission. To get more information or make a donation, visit the site: or check out the video

    Paws of War also focuses on giving back to veterans in various ways. They have helped veterans with numerous issues, including suicide prevention, service and support dogs, companion cats and dogs, food insecurity, veterinary care, etc. 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. To donate to help their mission, visit its site at

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