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Could Your Dog Be The 2015 Military Pet Of The Year?

Photo credit: Dogs on Deployment

Reunion of dog and his Marine after returning from deployment.

Time is running out to enter Dogs on Deployment's "2015 Military Pet of the Year" contest.

The deadline to enter your pooch in the contest is Jan. 31.

Click here for more info on how to enter.

Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit group that helps find temporary homes for the beloved canines--and kitties--of troops during their deployments. The folks there explain the purpose of the annual contest this way:

"At Dogs on Deployment, we aim to promote responsible, lifelong pet ownership within the military-pet community. One way we spotlight this goal is by hosting our annual Military Pet of the Year photo competition where our winner will be the Dogs on Deployment Mascot for one year, signifying their military owner's commitment to a healthy, engaged lifestyle with their pet."

Dogs on Deployment was founded in 2011 by Alisa Johnson, an active-duty officer in the Marine Corps, and her husband Shawn Johnson, who is in the Navy.

In addition to placing hundreds of dogs and cats in safe, temporary homes -- pets that otherwise may have ended up in shelters -- Dogs on Deployment has been a vocal supporter of ending breed discrimination in military base housing.

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