“American Humane is thrilled that Luna will get the retirement she deserves, with a loving family where she can enjoy the Florida sun, ”said Dr. Robin ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane. “All brave K-9 service members deserve a restful retirement with those who care for them most – the men and women with whom they serve.”
Luna is a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois who served at Osan Air Base in Korea as a patrol dog. At 80 pounds, Luna is tall for her breed and full of life. After injuring her leg, Luna was unable to fully recover and, as a result, was removed prematurely. Now that she is with her beloved combatant and her new family in Florida, Luna will be able to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.
“It’s wonderful to have Luna at home and relaxed,” said SSgt. Allio Easom. “I can’t wait to take her on hikes and make sure she enjoys her retirement.”
MWD Luna is now a permanent member of SSgt. Allio Easom family in Florida, which includes his wife and two young daughters. SSgt. Allio Easom served in the US Air Force for nearly nine years and, for the past five years, worked as a material handler. While stationed at Osan Air Base, Allio-Easom began working as a trainer, keeping all patrol dogs and explosives in top condition for their duties. Among the dogs she worked with in Osan, Luna was by far her favorite.
Eglin Federal Credit Union Chairman / CEO Jerry williams said “EFCU has served our local military families since 1954. Co-sponsoring with Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson and organizing Luna’s reunification with SSgt Allio Easom has been an impressive privilege. SSgt Allio Easom was recently posted to Hurlburt Field. When we were contacted by American Humane for assistance, we immediately said “Yes”. It’s a great program and a small way to show our gratitude to the men and women of the US military. It also demonstrates the importance Eglin Federal Credit Union and Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson place on building lasting relationships. Reunification with us Fort Walton Beach Branch was a great day not only for Luna and SSgt Allio Easom, but also for all of us who had the opportunity to celebrate this moving and happy reunion. ”
Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson, located on Beal Parkway, proudly served the world’s largest Fort Walton Beach domain since 2014. They have received both the Bronze Bar & Shield award and the Grand Fort Walton Beach 2018 Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year Award.
American veterinarian Humane Dr. Lesa Staubus traveling to Florida to ensure Luna’s health and safety during her long journey home from Korea. American Humane has worked alongside the US military for over a century. Whenever retired MWDs need help getting home, American Humane is happy to help reunite these brave K-9s with the people who care about them most – their former managers.
“Military working dogs play an invaluable role in the safety of our men and women, both at home and abroad. Their well-trained noses can detect dangers better than any modern technology,” he said. said Dr Ganzert. “It is fitting that these dogs who dedicate their lives to the defense of freedom enjoy a happy retirement.”
Retired MWDs often have medical problems due to their physical labor. American Humane recently launched a Military Working Dog Reunification Fund that will bring even more of our K-9 veterans home, thanks to the generous help of donors and supporters. Proceeds from this fund will also help provide free specialist and preventive medical care to make retired MWDs as healthy and comfortable as possible during retirement.
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SOURCE American Humane