Company Veterans Group Helps Rescue Dogs From Afghanistan
Reprint from Pfizer World February 15, 2013
Alice (center) and her pups in Afghanistan.
As a unit’s tour came to an end, the soldiers committed to a final mission – bringing the dogs who protected them back to the United States. Members of Veterans in Pfizer were quick to help.
During the year that former Pfizer colleague Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hiipakka and his soldiers were stationed in a remote outpost in Afghanistan, a dog named Alice barked at anyone who approached who wasn’t in the uniform she recognized as theirs.
When the unit’s deployment came to an end, Hiipakka said that offering Alice and her two puppies a better life was very important to the soldiers, who did not see leaving them behind as an option. But saving the three dogs would cost $12,000 – money the soldiers didn’t have.
Steve Leach, Director, Brand/Product Management, Established Products North America, is a member of Veterans in Pfizer (VIP) and had served in the U.S. Army with Hiipakka, later working with him at Pfizer. Leach, VIP members, and other Pfizer colleagues helped Hiipakka raise $16,000 – enough to save Alice and her pups and to donate $4,000 to American Dog Rescue, which helped them bring the dogs to the U.S.