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Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge partners with U.S. War Dogs Association

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge is teaming up with the U.S. War Dogs Association, Chapter 1 to fundraise for the Postage for Paws campaign.

The funding earned from this campaign raises money for mailing costs for Operation Military Care K-9, which provides care packages for military working dogs and their handlers during deployment oversees.

The projected mailing costs for 2014 are estimated to be in excess of $80,000+ and are the most costly part of the program. The care packages provide medical supplies, canine care equipment and comfort items including personal care items, snacks for the handler and treats and toys for these hardworking dogs.

Currently the organization supports approximately 5,000 military working dog and handler teams. U.S. War Dogs Association, Chapter 1 shipped 3,180 packages to our troops in 2013 and will ship close to 5,000 packages in 2014.

"Our goal is to make sure that no dog/handler team will suffer injury or loss due to lack of needed supplies and that each dog/handler team receive at least one care package," said Gail Synder, executive director for the Pinole, Calif. chapter.

The Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge is pleased to be in partnership with U.S. War Dogs. The Lodge is taking donations and will sell and auction off U.S. War Dogs Association, Chapter 1 logo items, movie posters and DVDs of the feature documentary "Always Faithful," autographed by director Harris Done. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Postage for Paws campaign. Donations and bids can be made in person at Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge or over the phone by calling Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge at 530-582-7268.

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It is estimated a military working dog will save over 150 lives over the course of its career. These dogs work in uncomfortable climates and settings on a regular basis. The mission of Operation Military Care K-9 is to provide critical care and comfort for military working dogs and their handlers during deployment.

"We are thrilled to be able to help out these animals and with Memorial Day quickly approaching, we hope our customers and the public will work with us to support this tremendous cause," said Steve Sewell, owner of Truckee- Tahoe Pet Lodge.

Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge offers luxury dog and cat lodging, doggie daycare, all-breed grooming and a supervised doggie playground, located at 10960 West River St. in Truckee. Reservations can be made by calling 530-582-7268 or visit http://www.truckeetahoepetlodge.com.