28 Brave Soldiers And Animals That Became Best Friends Overseas

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The men and women that go to war are incredibly brave, after all war is absolute hell, far worse than most of us could ever even imagine. Just because soldiers are selflessly brave doesn’t mean they don’t need love–in fact, they need as much love and support as they can get given the circumstances they are put through.

Homeless animals are often caught in the turmoil of war, and just like the soldiers they are looking for love, comfort and some sense of security. Naturally, soldiers and animals gravitate to one another, forming unbreakable bonds. It’s a win-win situation for all, the soldiers get a new friend to comfort them on the toughest days, and the homeless animals can be adopted and given the care, food and love they need.

Animals are incredibly therapeutic, this fact has been proven time and time again. Case and point, animals provide soldiers with the support necessary to get through some truly difficult times. These photos of soldiers and animals that became best friends overseas will warm your heart.

1. Marines gather together and feed breakfast to an adorable stray puppy


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2. This soldier’s friend took this photo and captioned it: “Stray kitten sleeping on my buddy, Afghanistan 2009”


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3. This soldier has a lot of animal friends who want to share that small bag of chips with him!


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4. Solider befriends a little puppy overseas


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5. Soldier posted this photo to imgur with the caption, “My shy friend in Afghanistan.”


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6. Soldier with his rescued puppy tucked inside his backpack


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7. Soldier hangs out with his loving and loyal dog


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8. This photo was shared through imgur with the caption, “My friend rescuing a dog in the streets of Afghanistan”


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9. A French soldier feeding his adopted kitten during the Vietnam War


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10. All the love you could ever need!


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11. Soldier troops on with kitten in tow


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12. Body warmth! Russian soldiers cuddle up with a puppy and take a snooze during WWII


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13. Photo shared to reddit with the caption, “When I was in Iraq, we had a pet donkey.”


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14. Marine gives his four-legged working partner a lift back to the kennels after a rough two-hour search

Dogs work as soldiers on the front line too. Dogs are often trained to use their super powerful nose to smell out things humans could never find alone.


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15. A dog sadly says his goodbyes to his good soldier friend


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16. Solider feeds a pack of hungry puppies


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17. Adorable kittens found and befriended in Afghanistan


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18. This adopted puppy was known for finding any hiding spot he could in order to stay out of the heat


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19. Tired soldier and puppy take a quick nap


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20. This adorable puppy kept soldiers company on a mountaintop north of Kabul, Afghanistan


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21. Soldier and kitty making friends


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22. Soldier loving on his silly little kitty


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23. Soldier in Yemen holding two cute puppies


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24. This is what true friendship looks like


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25. Free kisses for soldiers!


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26. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier shares a moment with her dog


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27. Image shared through reddit with caption, “My buddy is stationed in Bahrain. He found this guy in the trash and he’s been taking care of him.”

Who saved who?


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28. Friends at first sight, cat crawled up on soldier’s shoulders and stayed there


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