Monday, February 2, 2009

Afghanistan Dogs Rescued With The Help From Helps Soldiers Bring Rescued Puppies Home from Afghanistan

Puppies from Afghanistan enjoy their new home after being transported to the U.S. by (PRNewsFoto/InfoSpace, Inc.)


Search & Rescue Program Helps Provide Warm Welcome Home for Soldiers

BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- assisted two American soldiers, Dan Barker and Adam Krause, with the expense and dangerous task of bringing home puppies they'd rescued in Afghanistan while stationed there. In anticipation of Dan and Adam's return to the United States, the puppies, Jack and Emma, were transported home to Dan's wife just in time for the holidays.

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"We feel so fortunate to have played a hand in such an emotional and
memorable time for the soldiers, their families and the two puppies," said
Stacy Ybarra, director of corporate giving for "Helping
provide Jack and Emma safe and loving homes is what the Search & Rescue
program is all about and we look forward to continuing to help many more
animals in need by donating money through Dogpile searches."

In November 2008, Dogpile launched Search & Rescue, which allows anyone to help needy animals just by searching the Web on The company had no idea the message would reach American soldiers serving overseas. But Dan Barker heard it from Afghanistan. Dan, whose tour of duty was nearing its end, couldn't bear the thought of returning home without Jack, a malnourished, young stray he'd rescued and raised in his quarters. Adam Krause, a U.S. soldier serving with Dan, felt the same way about Emma, a struggling puppy he'd raised alongside Jack. The soldiers had bonded with the puppies and knew that, if left in Afghanistan, Jack and Emma wouldn't survive the war-torn streets. But bringing a puppy back from Afghanistan is expensive and dangerous. So when Dan read about Dogpile's Search & Rescue program, he reached out for help.

Once the Search & Rescue team heard Jack and Emma's story, they offered to sponsor and arrange the dogs' trips home.

"Jack has been such an important part of my husband's life these past few
months. He has helped my husband, along with the men on his team, escape
from the harsh reality they have been living in," said Dan's wife, Lisa
Barker. "The things these men have to see and deal with truly force them
to build a wall around their emotions. I believe Jack has been so
therapeutic to my husband, and helped him through some of the toughest
times. Jack and Daniel have formed a true companionship that I know will
continue to grow over the years. I promise you Jack will have the most
loving home and family a dog could ever ask for."

Visit to meet the puppies who won the soldiers' hearts and follow each step of their journey home. Plus, check back for video footage of Jack and Dan's reunion and updates on how the dogs are doing in their new homes.

About Search & Rescue:

The Search & Rescue program was launched in November 2008 and allows anyone to help animals in need for free by doing what they already do -- search the Web. That's because a portion of revenue generated by searches conducted on is donated to help animals in need. The downloadable Search & Rescue Toolbar makes it even easier to search right from your browser. With the help of its users, Dogpile hopes to raise at least one million dollars for pet rescue by the end of 2009. For more information about Search & Rescue, please visit To view a live counter tracking Search & Rescue revenue raised to date, please visit


Dogpile goes beyond search as usual by providing a fun and engaging place to discover all the Web has to offer. Because Dogpile compiles the top search results from all the leading search engines, searches on Dogpile return all the best results with just one search. Dogpile is a business of InfoSpace, Inc. (Nasdaq: INSP). For information about InfoSpace, please visit:

About InfoSpace, Inc.

InfoSpace, Inc. is a leading developer of metasearch products to help people easily search and discover the Web. InfoSpace uses its proprietary metasearch technology that combines the top results from the leading search engines to power a portfolio of branded Web sites, including Dogpile ( and WebFetch ( In 2008, for the second consecutive year, Dogpile ranked highest in customer satisfaction among search engines, according to JD Power and Associates. More information can be found at

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