Founder, and President of Dogs on Deployment, 1st Lt Alisa Sieber-Johnson, a member of the US Marines, has been named one of Pet Age's "40 Under 40," an award honoring accomplished leaders in pet-related industries. Award winners are selected based on their "commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service."
For Alisa, it's all in a day's work. Animals, pets, and the DoD mission have been her passion since she started Dogs on Deployment in 2011 with her husband, Shawn, a LT in the US Navy (and animals, long before that!). Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit providing a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. Alisa said “No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.” For a young organization, they have made a huge impact on the military community they serve.
To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included working in the pet industry and possessing significant authority for decision making within a company or organization. Alisa also said, “I was honored to find out our San Diego Local Coordinator nominated me for this award. To be included in the winners made me extremely proud of the organization. I had a vision three years ago, of building the largest support network for military pet owners, and Dogs on Deployment has achieved that.”
She continues to be proud of the DoD mission, and is honored to be named among a list of other such deserving nominees.
To see the full list of winners, please visit Pet Age. A full list of winners, and more information will be published in their forthcoming, December issue.