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Of the roughly 4,900 canines the United States utilized in Vietnam, approximately 2,700 were given to the South Vietnamese Army, with a staggering 1,600, euthanized. Today, military working dogs (MWDs) are no longer left in war zones like they were in Vietnam, however until 2000, it was legal and common practice to euthanize them at the end of their useful service. That mindset has changed dramatically, thanks to one military war dog named Robby, whose own fate changed the future for MWDs. Robby’s Law, signed in November 2000 by President Clinton, requires that all MWDs suitable for adoption be available for placement after their service, however, there is NO public funding for this process.

 At that time, Lost Mountain Group’s (LMG) Founder Andrew Keahon was a K-9 Handler with the DC Metro Police Department where he served as the K-9 and Bomb Squad Commander. Throughout his law enforcement career, he had been working with canine war heroes across the country and expanded further when he accepted a position with a DOD contractor, training canines for military and paramilitary personnel all over the world.  Andy always wanted to do more to help the canines he worked so closely with. In 2016, his dream became a reality when Lost Mountain Group was founded– his way of helping retired MWD companions and pairing them with US Veterans in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Instead of a life of abandonment or euthanasia, the MWD canines that we rescue, are given a new purpose and a whole new life. Learn more via the URL shown in the “Website Address” box above…

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