Smoky the first War Therapy Dog

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog on Record

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog on Record. This is the wonderful story of Smoky the first War Therapy Dog on Record. Smoky was only 4 pounds and stood 7 inches tall. It was initially thought that Smoky was a Japanese war dog, but she did not understand commands in Japanese or English.

For the next two years, Smoky back-packed through the jungle with Corporal William A. Wynne. Smoky slept in Wynne’s tent and she shared his rations. Smoky served in the South Pacific with the 5th Air Force and participated in 12 air/sea rescue and photo reconnaissance missions. She survived 150 air raids on New Guinea and made it through a typhoon at Okinawa.

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog even parachuted from 30 feet (9.1 m) in the air, out of a tree, using a parachute made just for her. In 1944, Yank Down Under magazine named Smoky the “Champion Mascot in the Southwest Pacific Area.”

Her largest contribution to the Allied forces was with her incredible hearing and sense for danger. On multiple occasions, Smoky saved the life of Wynne and warned soldiers of incoming fire.

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog on Record

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog

In 1944, Smoky made national headlines when she helped engineers build an airbase at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. During the construction, a Signal Corps team needed to run a telegraph wire through a 70-foot-long pipe that was 8 inches in diameter. Wynne attached the line to Smoky and she got the job done. According to an Animal Planet investigation, Smoky was also the first war therapy dog on record.

At the end of World War II, Smoky was smuggled back into the United States hidden in a modified oxygen mask carrying case. After her return, Smoky became a national celebrity and performed her skills for crowds, which included walking a tightrope while blindfolded.

On February 21, 1957, Smoky the first war therapy dog died unexpectedly at the age of approximately 14 years old. RIP Smokey. You are an inspiration to all.

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Latest News on Kabul Small Animal Rescue Afghanistan

Kabul Small Animal Rescue

On July 14, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instituted a one-year  suspension on the importation of dogs into the United States from over 100 countries. 

Latest News on Kabul Small Animal Rescue Afghanistan. Dogs left behind by the Biden USA evacuation from Afghanistan. Update: Kabul Small Animal Rescue is still on the ground in Kabul, Afghanistan and their amazing team keeps rescuing and caring for the animals. Follow them on Facebook or here on our Kabul Small Animal Page.

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Charlotte Maxwell-Jones Kabul Small Animal Rescue Still in Afghanistan

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones head of Kabul Small Animal Rescue Still in Afghanistan

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones head of Kabul Small Animal Rescue Still in Afghanistan. Around the world, people have been anxiously watching the situation in Afghanistan unfold and change rapidly.

One of the American’s left behind who has had much attention during this crisis is Charlotte Maxwell-Jones, an American, who founded Kabul Small Animal Rescue in Afghanistan. Despite recommendations from the US government and threats from the Taliban, Maxwell-Jones refused to leave Afghanistan without the 40 people on her rescue staff and their 250 animals. The evacuation mission, called “Operation Hercules,” received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.

The Evacuation Attempt

On August 23, Maxwell-Jones posted a video update on the rescue’s Facebook page explaining how armed Taliban guards came to her house and stayed on her lawn. She explained that they promised to give her and her staff safe passage as long as she left first; however, she didn’t believe that they would actually follow through with letting her staff leave.

According to the rescue’s update from Sunday, August 29th, an airplane and landing permissions were secured and plans were in place to evacuate everyone to the US. The update emphasized that this would be their last chance to leave. Sadly, things did not go exactly as planned, partially due to the CDC’s policy of not allowing dogs from certain countries, including Afghanistan, where there is a higher risk of rabies. The SPCA applied for an emergency exemption to this rule, but it did not work.

Getting the Facts Straight

A significant amount of misinformation has circulated online about this operation as well as the evacuation of animals from the region in general. SPCA International has been providing updates to clear up confusion. Their most recent update stated, “the dogs and their caretakers were explicitly NOT allowed to board military aircraft, and numerous private charter aircraft were not granted access to the airport either.” Furthermore, as of the August 30th update, the KSAR staff and cats were not allowed to enter the airport, and Maxwell-Jones was escorted by the Taliban back to the shelter with one puppy on August 30.

Sadly, Maxwell-Jones was told that an unconfirmed number of dogs that had been under her care, was released and thus, became strays. Before leaving, Maxwell-Jones asked the military to open the bags of dog food that she brought and leave them out around the airport.

What Comes Next


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We will continue to support KSAR and work towards evacuating Maxwell-Jones, her staff, and the animals.

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Rescue Dogs and Team left behind in Kabul

Contract K-9 soldiers left behind in Kabul. American Humane Society stands ready to help transport these contract K-9 soldiers to U.S. soil. The American Humane Society made this announcement today.“I am devastated by reports that the American government is pulling out of Kabul and leaving behind brave U.S. military contract working dogs to be tortured and killed at the hand of our enemies.

These brave dogs do the same dangerous, lifesaving work as our military working dogs, and deserved a far better fate than the one to which they have been condemned,” said American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin R. Ganzert. “This senseless fate is made all the more tragic, as American Humane stands ready to not only help transport these contract K-9 soldiers to U.S. soil but also to provide for their lifetime medical care.”

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COVID 19 Impact on Shelter Animals for 2020

COVID 19 Impact on Shelter Animals for 2020

COVID 19 Impact on Shelter Animals for 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic presented many challenges, but also a new life for many shelter animals across America, and the world. Shelter Animals Count Releases 2020 Animal Sheltering Statistics.

Shelter Animals Count (SAC), The Shelter Animals Count (SAC)National Data Base for Animal Sheltering Statistics enable fact-based insights to improve animal welfare throughout the country. SAC just released its 2020 Animal Shelter Statistics report. 2,386 animal welfare organizations provided data, representing 1,561 cities across 53 states and U.S. Territories.

“This report tells the story of a year in which animal shelters had to be incredibly resilient and think outside the box to keep helping animals and pets in their communities,” said incoming SAC Executive Director Stephanie Filer. “I am excited to see the continued results of that hard work in our mid-year 2021 report, coming this fall.”

The 2020 Animal Sheltering Statistics white paper provides a look at the 2020 data from Shelter Animals Count. The data was limited to organizations that completed a full year of reporting in 2020. The goal of this paper is to give an overview of the current state of the national sheltered animal database developed by SAC and demonstrate progress toward a truly national database that can be used to help understand the state of companion animals in this country.

Highlights of the report include:

COVID-19 Impacts

  • In 2020 there were 23% fewer animals relinquished by their owners, 27% fewer strays, and 22% fewer animals in need of sheltering overall than in 2019.
  • Because fewer animals entered the shelter system, there were also fewer outcomes overall, including 49% fewer sheltered animals euthanized.
  • Adoptions were down 17% from 2019 across reporting agencies for 2020 due to fewer animals entering the sheltering system (see intake reporting.
  • Stray/at-large animals were the most common reasons animals were in need of sheltering – accounting for 1.5M intakes (46.9%) in 2020. 
  • Fewer pet owners gave up their pets in 2020 (753,847 relinquishments) than in 2019 (885,290 relinquishments), a 15% decrease.
  • The number of cats and dogs in need of sheltering was pretty evenly split, with cats representing 50.7% and dogs representing 49.3%. Puppies & kittens represented nearly 1/3 (32.1%) of pets in need of sheltering.
  • 53.% of dogs and 60.7% of cats who were sheltered in 2020 were adopted that same year.
  • 40.7% of dogs and 5.1% of cats who arrived as a stray in 2020 were reunited with their families.
  • 16% of animals were transferred to other shelters who had the space and resources to help and 13.7% of cats were returned to the field.
  • Overall, 87.8% of dogs and cats had live outcomes.

Additional 2020 highlights

“Although 2020 presented many challenges for pet owners as well as animal welfare organizations, the numbers show us that we still saw an increase in pet lives saved, a decrease in pets entering shelters, and more pets remaining with their families,” said Jan McHugh-Smith, Board President of Shelter Animals Count.

Shelter Animals Count (SAC) is a collaborative, independent organization formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share the national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights that will improve animal welfare throughout the country. The SAC database follows the Basic Data Matrix specified by the National Federation of Humane Societies.

The full report can be viewed at

This 2020 Animal Shelter Count report is brought to you by Canine News Network, Atlanta Georgia. A group of Green Pets America Charities.