Organizing a memorial for war dogs

February 16, 1991|By Gina Spadafori | Gina Spadafori,McClatchy News Service

Many readers have called or written asking for a repeat of the address for the National War Dog Memorial Project. Project organizers hope one day to see a monument outside Arlington National Cemetery to the more than 40,000 dogs who have served in the military.

There are two ways to help advance that goal. First, organizers are asking supporters to help circulate petitions and let Congress know of their support. The second way to help is through contributions to the non-profit group. Project organizers are offering imaginary enlistments for pets, with $3 for "private-seaman" up to "general/admiral," $300. Project leaders says some people make donations in memory of a special pet. The money will be used to work for the approval, then the design and construction, of the memorial itself.

The National War Dog Memorial Project can be reached at P.O. Box 6907, Jacksonville, Fla. 32236.

Ms. Spadafori is a newspaper reporter and an animal obedience trainer in Sacramento, Calif. Questions about pets may be sent to her c/o Saturday, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278

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