Belgian Malinois – Heroes of the Working Dog World

Belgian Malinois – The Heroes of the Canine World


The world is full of incredible stories, and some of the most heartwarming tales revolve around our four-legged friends. Among the myriad of dog breeds, there’s one that stands out for its courage, loyalty, and unparalleled work ethic – the Belgian Malinois.

The Belgian Malinois, often simply referred to as the Malinois or ‘Mal’, hails from the city of Malines in Belgium. It’s a breed that has been blessed with both beauty and brains. With their sleek fawn to mahogany coats, black masks, and alert ears, they are a sight to behold. But it’s not just their appearance that makes them special; it’s their character.

**A Heartwarming Tale of Loyalty**

Imagine a cold, rainy night. A lost child, scared and alone, finds herself in an unfamiliar part of the town. But she’s not alone for long. A Belgian Malinois, trained in search and rescue, picks up her scent. With unwavering determination, the dog navigates through the treacherous terrain, guided by nothing but the child’s scent and its innate sense of duty. Hours feel like minutes, and just when hope seems lost, the child hears a friendly bark. She’s found. Safe and sound, thanks to the heroics of a Belgian Malinois.

This isn’t just a fictional tale. It’s a testament to the countless real-life rescue missions undertaken by this incredible breed. Their keen sense of smell, combined with their agility and endurance, makes them invaluable in search and rescue operations.


**Beyond the Call of Duty**


The versatility of the Belgian Malinois is truly astounding. Beyond search and rescue, they serve as police dogs, herders, and even therapy dogs. Their intelligence and eagerness to please make them highly trainable. In the military, they’re often the first to enter dangerous situations, detecting explosives or apprehending suspects.


Yet, despite their bravery and dedication, they are gentle souls at heart. When they’re not on duty, they love nothing more than to curl up next to their favorite human, showcasing their affectionate and loyal nature.


**The Mission K9 Rescue Connection**


At Mission K9 Rescue, we’ve had the privilege of witnessing the incredible journey of many Belgian Malinois. From the battlefield to the living room, these dogs have shown resilience and adaptability. They’ve saved lives, provided comfort, and asked for nothing in return.


Our mission is to ensure that these unsung heroes get the love, care, and respect they deserve. Every Belgian Malinois that comes through our doors is given a second chance at a happy life. Whether they need medical care, rehabilitation, or simply a loving home, we’re here for them.


**In Conclusion**


The Belgian Malinois is more than just a breed. They’re a testament to the enduring bond between humans and dogs. Their stories of bravery, loyalty, and love inspire us every day. To all our wonderful supporters, especially our female demographic who’ve shown immense love and support over the years, we say a heartfelt thank you. Together, we can ensure that these incredible canines receive the recognition and care they so rightfully deserve.

If you’re inspired by the tales of the Belgian Malinois and want to make a difference, consider supporting Mission K9 Rescue. Every contribution, big or small, goes a long way in helping these heroes find their forever homes.


Thank you so much!

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If you prefer to mail a check, please use this address for donations by mail:

Mission K9 Rescue
P.O. Box 395

Needville, TX 77461-0395


EIN 46-4302698 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Mission K9 Rescue – Needs for Summer 2023

You might remember that we wrapped up 2022 in a really positive way, all thanks to the support of people like you.
This allowed us to kick off 2023 feeling financially secure. But, the first few months of the year have been busy, and
while we’ve done a lot of good work, our funds have been reduced quite a bit.

I wish I didn’t have to ask this, but the situation is such that we really need to.

Would you consider making a special contribution at this time? I promise you, every cent will be used wisely to continue the work we care so much about.

Thank you so much for always supporting us.

Your help is incredibly important to us, especially now.

With Gratitude – Kristen Maurer, President and Founder

Donate – – Support

Remember that we NEVER waste money and put 92% or more of every dollar received directly to the dogs.

Since January 2023 we’ve reunited 27 MWD’s with their Handlers and spent over $44,000 in care for our nations’s hero dogs. Your help enables us to continue!

This summer we have the following needs:

Four reunions to complete by end of August – $16000 (appx)

Two dogs needing Hip Replacements – $9000

Provide normal care for the 60 dogs in our facility – (this varies in cost)

Normal Staffing Expenses to operate our facility.

Anything you can financially help with at this time will be greatly appreciated!

Donate – – Support

We never want to say “NO” to dogs in need and we Thank You So Much!

If you prefer to Donate via Paypal

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If you want to donate by mail, please use this address:

Mission K9 Rescue
P.O. Box 395
Needville, TX 77461-0395


With appreciation,

Kristen Maurer
Louisa Kastner
Bob Bryant
Mission K9 Staff and Kennel Team

Petco Love Grant 2022

Military working dog adoption
Petco Love’s Unwavering Commitment: A Heartfelt Thank You from Mission K9 Rescue Petco Love At Mission K9 Rescue, our primary objective has always been to ensure the safety, well-being, and long-term care of retired working dogs. These noble canines, after a lifetime of service, deserve nothing less than a loving forever home and the support they need to transition seamlessly from work to rest. Yet, as with all philanthropic endeavors, our ability to realize this dream is often dependent on the help and support we receive from the community and generous benefactors. Today, we would like to take a moment to send our deepest gratitude to one such benefactor: Petco Love.

In 2022, Petco Love extended a helping hand to our cause by awarding us a substantial grant of $75,000. This grant wasn’t merely a donation; it was a lifeline. Every dollar contributed goes directly to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of retired working dogs who have served in various capacities – from police and military service to search and rescue missions.

Petco Love, as a foundation, has been a beacon of hope for countless animal rescue organizations nationwide. Their unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of pets and those who love them is evident in every project they undertake and every grant they provide. For many organizations like ours, their support has made the difference between hope and despair. But why is this grant so essential for Mission K9 Rescue? Retired working dogs, much like veterans, come with unique challenges. While their spirits remain strong, their bodies often bear the scars of their service – both seen and unseen. Physical injuries, trauma, and the stresses of their demanding work can leave them in need of specialized medical care, training, and rehabilitation. The financial burden of these services is significant, but with Petco Love’s generous grant, we can assure that more of these heroes receive the care they deserve. Moreover, the journey of these dogs doesn’t end at rehabilitation. Finding them the perfect forever home, where they can enjoy the remainder of their days surrounded by love, comfort, and care, is a task that requires resources and dedication. With the funding from Petco Love, we can expand our reach, amplify our efforts, and ensure that every retired working dog under our care finds its way to a loving family. The ripple effect of Petco Love’s contribution goes beyond the immediate needs of our organization. By supporting our mission, they have indirectly touched the lives of countless individuals – from the teams that work tirelessly at our centers to the families that open their hearts and homes to these retired canines. Stories of joy, reunions, and new beginnings have been made possible, in no small part, due to their generosity. To say we are grateful would be an understatement. We are, in fact, overwhelmed by the kindness and trust Petco Love has shown in our mission. As we look forward to this new year, filled with hope and aspirations for the many retired working dogs we vow to serve, we are comforted by the knowledge that we have allies like Petco Love by our side. We believe that every act of kindness, every ounce of effort, and every dollar donated can create transformative change. And Petco Love has, once again, proven this belief to be true. In conclusion, to the team at Petco Love, to every individual who supports their mission, and to those who believe in the power of collaboration for a better world – from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Your generosity illuminates the path we tread and inspires us to do more, be more, and serve more. Here’s to more success stories, more wagging tails, and a brighter future for all our retired heroes. Together, with supporters like Petco Love, we can make the world a better place, one dog at a time.

Supporter Spotlight – Yury Gampel – Philanthropist and Leader

“Never idle and always engaged” are the characteristics we associate with Yury Gampel, Owner and CEO of Modern Vascular.  Yury and his wife, Irene, became Mission K9 sponsors in 2018, holding a gala at their home to raise needed funds for transports. They stepped up and provided such a great event that our expectations were far exceeded. To this day they continue to support the organization and graciously provide the Mission K9 team on the West Coast with office space that could otherwise not be possible. They are truly selfless and have humbled us with their attitude of giving. Yury is a licensed chiropractor, receiving his Chiropractic Degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences, College of Chiropractic. Prior to starting Modern Vascular, Yury had experience managing and owning healthcare businesses. Providing Aid to Ukrainian Refugees Recently, Yury and Irene have spent a great amount of time to aid refugees fleeing the Russian assault against Ukraine.
Watch CBS LA COVERAGE – Yury and Irene Gampel – Ukrainian Relief.
They worked tirelessly providing aid and nutrition for many people. We are fortunate to have such caring people as Mission K9 Rescue supporters. We offer them both our gratitude and respect! Learn more about the Gampel’s work in Ukraine –
Modern Vascular
Learn More About Modern Vascular
Modern Vascular is the only nationwide leader with state-of-the-art tech and expertise required to restore blood flow to lower limb extremities affected by PAD (peripheral artery disease), all the way to the toes. These procedures have saved limbs and lives. They have helped thousands of patients with these minimally invasive out-patient procedures. Numerous clinics are now operating throughout the USA. If you know someone that suffers from PAD, please consider referring them to Modern Vascular. Read more about Yury Gampel –

Working Dog Teams In Afghanistan – A Waiting Game

CWD Angel is one of five Contract Working Dogs we were able to get out of Afghanistan shortly before the US withdrawal commenced. Not in the best health, Angel caught a fungal lung infection that required immediate vet care within days of her arrival. She is much improved and will be fine. We were fortunate to rescue her, yet others remain and their fate is not secure. At this time we are aware that all US Military Working Dogs have been evacuated from Afghanistan, yet 67 or more US Allied Working Dog Teams (Handlers and Dogs) remain in uncertainty regarding their fate there. These Contract Working Dogs and their Handlers have been valuable assets in this conflict. Their safety and security should be a priority. With that said, we can promise NOTHING as we are not on the ground there and have no control over the situation. We ask that you keep them in your positive thoughts and prayers while they wait and hope for a favorable outcome. We ready to act, yet can do noting until we get word that we can assist with their evacuation. We will need funding at that time. Should your choose to give now, those funds will be used toward this effort.
MissionK9Rescue was formed and is based in Houston, Texas. We operate World Wide.

Please take the time to donate to MissionK9 Rescue. Your donations help us with all the expenses related to our mission.

If you prefer Paypal – 

Donate to Mission K9 Rescue If you prefer to mail a check, please use this address for donations by mail: Mission K9 Rescue
P.O. Box 395
Needville, TX 77461-0395


EIN 46-4302698 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Mission K9 Rescue has no relationship or connection to the United States Government.

Mine Detection Dogs serving in Bosnia need transport help!

Three Mine Detection Dogs need transport funding from Bosnia to the USA. 

They have served their entire lives searching for landmines left from the violence of war. The work is tedious and exhausting, yet they make a difference! Because of their service, children can play again in fields without worry of being hurt or killed by unexploded mines.

Now, that are older and their work is done, the NGO tasked with mine clearing and caretaker for these great dogs asked MissionK9 to bring them back to the USA and provide them with care and loving homes. We are glad to rescue them and with your help they’ll be on a plane soon! We can’t wait to show you pictures of them in the USA!

Support and Donate Here – Mine Detection Dogs Transport Fund


Due their location (Bosnia), transportation options are limited. The cost to bring them home is $12,000 – Thank you for making this happen!

Please give as you are able – You’ll smile knowing you’ve helped rescue these heroes!

MissionK9Rescue was formed and is based in Houston, Texas. We operate World Wide.

Please take the time to donate to MissionK9 Rescue. Your donations help us with all the expenses related to our mission.

If you prefer Paypal – 

Donate to Mission K9 Rescue If you prefer to mail a check, please use this address for donations by mail: Mission K9 Rescue
P.O. Box 395
Needville, TX 77461-0395


EIN 46-4302698 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Mission K9 Rescue has no relationship or connection to the United States Government.

A Hero Has Fallen – MWD Sirius Crosses the Rainbow Bridge

MWD Sirius N189, December 1, 2007 – May 22, 2021

Sirius was Fallen USMC Handler Joshua Ashley’s MWD. Sirius continued to serve, would be teamed with another Handler, and deploy again. Sirius had three deployments in his career, and retired in 2016. Joshua’s family adopted Sirius. This picture is from Joshua’s Memorial in 2012, and Sirius is looking at Joshua’s portrait; they are now together. Mission K9 was honored to have been able to help financially pay for many of Sirius’ medical bills over the years while he was retired and living with Joshua’s mother. We are thankful for years of hard work from MWD Sirius and know that he will never be forgotten!

Please take the time to donate to MissionK9 Rescue. Your donations help us with all the expenses related to our mission.

Donate to Mission K9 Rescue If you prefer to mail a check, please use this address for donations by mail: Mission K9 Rescue
P.O. Box 395
Needville, TX 77461-0395


EIN 46-4302698 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Mission K9 Rescue has no relationship or connection to the United States Government.

Kinetic Performance Dog Food Partners With Mission K9

Now through August 31, 2020, for every bag of KineticPerformance Dog Food purchased from Tractor Supply Co., Kinetic is giving $10.00 to the important work being done by Mission K9 Rescue.

Try a bag of Kinetic Dog Food!

All of the retired working dogs cared for by Mission K9 eat Kinetic Pro Performance dog food. It is very digestible, no problems with food upset, and also produces a healthy firm stool. That last bit may sound like too much information, but great bowel movements are a really big deal when you are caring for lots of dogs, plus it’s a sign that they dogs are using it efficiently. We demand the best for our working dogs. Kinetic delivers that performance!

“Mission K9 Rescue is really kind of a unique organization. What they do is work with retired working dogs, from the military as well as other working dogs that are performing security services at either our facilities overseas or in the U.S. And what they do is they actually bring the dog back to Houston,Texas and they rehabilitate the canine. It’s a fascinating group and a great group of people, and this is something we feel we can give back.”

“We’re raising funds to take care of these dogs — to bring dogs back from all over the world where they are stuck in kennels after retirement, and to provide medical care for working dogs who have worked like athletes their entire lives and now have injuries and health issues. It can be really costly to get them ready for adoption,” explains Mission K9 Rescue president Kristen Maurer. 

“Plus,” Kristen adds, “just like with two-legged soldiers, four-legged soldiers can come back with emotional issues. Some of them have been isolated their entire life, and they need to learn how to get along with other dogs and people. They need special rehabilitation. These dogs were drafted into what they did; they didn’t choose it. They have selflessly given their lives to protect our soldiers, our first responders, and our citizens. And we feel like they deserve the best retirement we can give them.”

Try a bag of Kinetic Dog Food!

Challenge Coins for Fundraisers

Mission K9 Rescue is GIVING AWAY our K9 Challenge Coins to all supporters that start a $50 Facebook Fundraiser! Mission K9 Rescue challenge coinMission K9 Rescue Challenge Coin We’ve received a lot of compliments on these coins and know you will enjoy receiving one while knowing how much you are helping retired working dogs.  These small fundraisers help us so much and cost you no more than the time to post on your personal Facebook page. You’ll receive a coin when we see that your fundraiser is active, no matter how much is raised for Mission K9! To create a $50 Facebook Fundraiser for Mission K9 Rescue, just follow these directions – Simple and Easy!

The link to create the fundraiser is:
(Read the rest before you click)

When you click the link above, you will see: Create a Facebook FundraiserSimply Put $50 for the amount to raise and select a date ONE MONTH AWAY as the goal date. Then click “NEXT” Create Facebook Fundraiser for Mission K9 Rescue Here’s what to put in the post.. Title – Support Military Working Dogs
Why you are raising money: 
I’m raising money for Mission K9 Rescue and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.

My goal is only $50 – Help me reach it!
Mission K9 Rescues, Reunites, Re-Homes, Rehabilitates and Repairs any retired working dog that has served mankind in some capacity.
Since 2013 they have brought over 1100 dogs home from overseas and reunited over 540 with their former military handlers.
                                                                       Thank you so much for helping save K9 Lives!
Click – NEXT Create Facebook Fundraiser for Mission K9 Rescue
Chose the selected photo and click – CREATE
That’s it! The Fundraiser will be live on your page.

To receive your coin once you have created the fundraiser, EMAIL BARK@MISSIONK9RESCUE.ORG and provide us with your mailing address to send YOUR coin to!

Thank you so much for helping us serve working dogs around the world!

Hero Dogs in Need

Giving A Retired Military Hero A Home
WOW!  So many of you have been with us since the beginning.. over 7 years now! We’ve shared our joys and sadness with you throughout this time and we feel like you are part of our family. Everything we have done and are able to do now is because of YOU! We can’t thank you enough for the donations and support you have helped us with. You are true change makers! The Need: MWD GinarMWD Ginar Invoice We’ve paid heavy medical expenses this month for some great dogs like MWD Ginar. She has a mass in need of treatment and is now enrolled in our medical fund. Ginar is 11 years old and has served her county well! Her current bill is approaching a total of $2000.00
We appreciate YOUR HELP to cover her bill so that other dogs can also receive medical care! Thank you so much! Make a donation CWD Belo CWD Belo needed exploratory surgery to evaluate an abnormality on his radiograph. This hero has provided exemplary service and we stepped up to help. The cost so far for his procedure is approximately $1927 which we have also paid out of the Retired K9 Medical Fund. Thank YOU for helping, paying Belo’s bill so another Hero Dog’s care can be scheduled! Make a donation CWD Belo Medical Again – with your generous donations, you are saving K9 lives and making Heroes whole again! Thank you so much! The collective “WE” makes all this possible. The Mission K9 Rescue team appreciates your kind words, your help, and your financial support. Thank you so much for everything you do for the dogs! graphical user interface, text, application
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