SEAL Team 6 Dog Needs Urgent Veterinary Care
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, launched a national fundraising campaign on behalf of the SEAL Team 6 dog involved in the successful 2011 Osama bin Laden raid.
The Belgian Malinois, named Cairo, is now retired and suffering from painful injuries. He can no longer use his hind legs and requires expensive, ongoing medical treatment, as well as potential surgeries. American Humane is aiming to raise $30,000 from the new campaign to cover Cairo's steep veterinary bills. Any excess funds will be used to provide care to other heroic four-legged veterans in need.
You can view the online fundraising page here and photos of Cairo on active duty here and here.
"Cairo bravely protected our armed forces and defended our country's freedom," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. "He played an integral role in the success of one of the most daring and now-legendary special operations of all time. Giving Cairo a comfortable retirement, free from pain, is the very least we as Americans can do."
Like their human counterparts, SEAL dogs are highly trained and elite special operatives, equipped to perform extraordinary wartime missions in sea, air, and land. According to experts, only one percent of canine applicants make it into the Special Forces.
"Special operations dogs are our brothers in arms and risk their lives for our country," said Cairo's handler, who served three deployments with the dog. "Cairo is a military hero and my best friend. His health is rapidly deteriorating and I want to make sure he receives the care and comfort he deserves."
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization founded in 1877. American Humane's national military affairs program is dedicated to protecting the dogs that support our armed forces, both on and off the battlefield. To learn more, please visit http://www.americanhumane.org/.
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SOURCE American Humane Association