Homeless dog that comforted US troops in Kosovo to get a better life in the US [Video]

  • A homeless dog provided comfort to US troops in Kosovo by paying them daily visits. 
  • The dog was shot and stopped coming to the base.
  • A nonprofit organization is helping one of the soldiers to transport the dog to the US where it can find its forever home. 

A homeless dog who provided comfort to US soldiers on the overseas battlefield will now have the opportunity to live in America with one of those warriors.

Sergeant K and his Army unit in Kosovo adopted the three-year-old mixed breed after spotting him seeking food around their post last year. His frequent visits soon became the highlight of their days, providing comfort to many of them who were miles away from home.

Sgt. Kelsey felt a strong attachment with the dog he named Duke and wanted to help him find a better life away from danger. Paws of War, a New York-based charity, agreed to assist so that Duke and the soldier might be reunited.

But disaster happened before Duke could find his forever home in the United States. He didn’t show up at the base anymore. Soldiers looked for him for several days without success, fearing the worst. When they eventually located him, they realized he had been shot and was very dehydrated. 

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In order to save Duke’s life, Paws of War dispatched an emergency vet team. Duke was placed in foster care by their overseas rescue partner, The Alamal Foundation. The dog was able to walk again after six months of recovery.

Dereck Cartright, a veteran, and Paws of War’s logistics coordinator, recently sent Sgt. Kelsey a message. 

β€œWe are thrilled to be able to tell you that after months of healing and rehabilitation, Duke has made a tremendous recovery. He is ready for the next part of his journey.”

Sgt. Kelsey and the lucky dog are expected to reunite this month.

β€œThe entire Army unit is so excited that Duke is coming home,” Sgt. Kelsey said. β€œThis is the moment we’ve prayed for.”

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Duke’s rehabilitation team threw him a farewell party, which was attended by everyone who helped him recover.

Duke’s travel to the United States, as well as his lifetime medical treatment, were covered through a fundraising effort organized by Paws of War.

β€œWe are happy to help them with this mission and hope that many people in the community will want to support it as well. We can’t do it without their support.”

Source: Good News Network

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I love it! My family members attended Duke ~ Duke’s namesake! Love America, democracy, freedom, God, and dog.

Im SO thrilled for Duke! What a sweet dog.

Dogs are people with four legs! They are smarter than most of the fools I came into contact with when I was cop!

Dogs are the greatest invention. I am so thankful they allow humans into their lives.