MBA Student's Non-Profit Finds Safe Homes for Military Pets During Deployment

Tuesday, November 24, 2020TOPICS: Innovation and EntrepreneurshipSpotlights

Alisa Johnson greets her dogs following deploymentPart-time MBA student Alisa Johnson greets her dogs following deployment.
begin quoteDogs on Deployment has been hit hard by the pandemic but Alisa continues to push through, ensuring that it can continue to offer critical support to service members with pets � all while balancing her school commitments as a part-time MBA student.

Alisa Johnson is a former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, a part-time MBA student at the University of San Diego School of Business and the co-founder of the non-profit, Dogs on Deployment. She was recently interviewed during a podcast by Home Base Nation where she discusses her time serving as a Marine and her experience as the CEO of an organization that finds volunteers to board pets for military members, veterans and first responders while deployed.

Dogs on Deployment (DoD) also advocates for military pet owner rights, grants financial assistance for help with pet care during emergencies, promotes healthy lifestyles and more. Alisa’s vision for the future of DoD includes “expanding its financial grant programs to help with pet care for service members and veterans, building a national military-pet spay and neuter project and offering services to first responders including fire, police and healthcare.” 

Like many businesses and organizations, the DoD has been hit hard by the pandemic but Alisa continues to push through and ensure that DoD can continue to offer its critical support to service members with pets — all while balancing her school commitments as a part-time MBA student

“Not only has fundraising this year been significantly lower than previous years, but the impacts of COVID, closures and a virtual environment have been challenging to overcome. I take it one day/one project at a time and try not to dwell or stress whenever I don't hit my own expectations,” said Alisa. “I believe it is important to focus on mental health and balance with all these external stressors and recognize that these are extreme times. We're all trying our best to make do.”

Thankfully, Alisa has found additional support for DoD amongst the peers in her part-time MBA cohort. “Even the students of other MBA cohorts have been so helpful by volunteering for various projects and events with DoD. The support has been great,” said Alisa.

Learn more about Dogs on Deployment: https://www.dogsondeployment.org/

 

Contact:

Gabrielle Horta
ghorta@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4468