War is hell, and the soldiers that fight it are just people – they need love too. The animals stranded in dangerous warzones and the soldiers that fight in them gravitate towards each other because they need each other – the soldiers can rescue animals that would otherwise remain homeless, while the animals provide soldiers with some much-needed love and therapy.

If you have some touching photos of animals and soldiers becoming best friends, we'd love to see them added to this list. Upvote your favorites as well!

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My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

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Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor Feeding An Orphaned Kitten. He Adopted The Kitten After The Mother Cat Died During The War.

Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor Feeding An Orphaned Kitten. He Adopted The Kitten After The Mother Cat Died During The War.

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Soldier With His Rescued Puppy

Soldier With His Rescued Puppy

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GervaisDevine
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that the soldiers and animals are helping each other through rough times.!.!.

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Stray Kitten Sleeping On My Buddy, Afghanistan 2009

Stray Kitten Sleeping On My Buddy, Afghanistan 2009

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My Little Buddy Over Seas

My Little Buddy Over Seas

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My Friend Rescuing A Dog In The Streets Of Afghanistan

My Friend Rescuing A Dog In The Streets Of Afghanistan

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NildaLopezVale
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lovely picture it shows human and animals helping eachother

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#7

Soldier And His Best Friends

Soldier And His Best Friends

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JaneWade
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For God should love the world and may the doggies and soldier love each other.

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#8

Soldier Carries A Kitty

Soldier Carries A Kitty

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#9

Marines Give Breakfast To Stray Puppy

Marines Give Breakfast To Stray Puppy

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Soldier With His Dog

Soldier With His Dog

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Marine Carries His Partner Back To The Kennels After A Grueling Two-hour Search

Marine Carries His Partner Back To The Kennels After A Grueling Two-hour Search

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A Dog Saying Goodbye To His Soldier Friend

A Dog Saying Goodbye To His Soldier Friend

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#14

A French Soldier Feeding His Kitten During The Vietnam War

A French Soldier Feeding His Kitten During The Vietnam War

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#15

Russian Soldiers Of WWII Sleeping With Puppy

Russian Soldiers Of WWII Sleeping With Puppy

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BabyKangeroo7
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It helps people to sleep with a fluffy stuffed animal..... but real is ok also :)

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#16

When I Was In Iraq, We Had A Pet Donkey

When I Was In Iraq, We Had A Pet Donkey

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One Of Our Adopted Puppies Used To Hide Anywhere He Could To Stay Out Of The Heat

One Of Our Adopted Puppies Used To Hide Anywhere He Could To Stay Out Of The Heat

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ShirleyCushley
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What happened to them when it was time to leave? It must have been heartbreaking for the soldiers, but what happened to the animals?

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#18

Soldier Feeding Puppies In Need

Soldier Feeding Puppies In Need

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#19

Found These Kittens In Afghanistan

Found These Kittens In Afghanistan

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#21

Tired Soldier And A Puppy

Tired Soldier And A Puppy

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#22

This Little Guy Kept Us Company On A Mountaintop North Of Kabul, Afghanistan

This Little Guy Kept Us Company On A Mountaintop North Of Kabul, Afghanistan

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Tough Soldier With His Kitty

Tough Soldier With His Kitty

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#25

My Brother In Yemen Holding Two Adorable Puppies

My Brother In Yemen Holding Two Adorable Puppies

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HeatherDerksen
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Remember these solders also need our support when they come home, and and pet is a good one.

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#27

A True Soldier And A True Friend

A True Soldier And A True Friend

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#28

My Buddy Is Stationed In Bahrain. He Found This Guy In The Trash And He's Been Taking Care If Him

My Buddy Is Stationed In Bahrain. He Found This Guy In The Trash And He's Been Taking Care If Him

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#29

He Just Crawled Up There And Curled Up

He Just Crawled Up There And Curled Up

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DenaGomez
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that kitty just adopted a new human!

#30

Soldier Feeding A Kitty

Soldier Feeding A Kitty

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NikitaJagora
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

His last name if both figuarively and literally awesome

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#31

Soldier Petting A Cat

Soldier Petting A Cat

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LiteWorkerNoor
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

U can't take humanity out of a trained killing machine, we r love at core,we shine when we can explore our spirit world.

#33

My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

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FrédéricEeckman
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your nephew is serving... tuna, actually :D

#34

Soldier With A Kitty

Soldier With A Kitty

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#35

My New Friend On My Current Deployment

My New Friend On My Current Deployment

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Adorable Husky With A Soldier

Adorable Husky With A Soldier

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Jennifer Farley
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMGosh...love and happiness...they are both SMILING!

#37

Kitten And Dog Support Ukrainian Soldiers, 2015

Kitten And Dog Support Ukrainian Soldiers, 2015

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BethanyFields
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What happens when they leave? They can't bring them home with them, so sad!

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#38

I Made A New Friend At The Barracks Today

I Made A New Friend At The Barracks Today

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Soldier With Kitten

Soldier With Kitten

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The Camp Moulin Rouge Soldiers Feeding Their Kittens. Beaurieux. 1914

The Camp Moulin Rouge Soldiers Feeding Their Kittens. Beaurieux. 1914

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#41

Soldier With A Dog

Soldier With A Dog

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#42

A U.S. Marine Carries A Rescued Puppy In His Pocket. Da Nang, Vietnam, 1968

A U.S. Marine Carries A Rescued Puppy In His Pocket. Da Nang, Vietnam, 1968

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#43

Meet Wojtek, The One And Only Bear Private During WWII

Meet Wojtek, The One And Only Bear Private During WWII

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KarolinaDemich
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually Wojtek was corporal. Genuine wild syrian brown bear who was adopted by Polish corps and helped to move ammunition.

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#44

Me, In Afghanistan With A Friendly Pooch

Me, In Afghanistan With A Friendly Pooch

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#45

My Husband Found A Monkey!

My Husband Found A Monkey!

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Jennifer Farley
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOVE IT! A monkey tried to bite me in Nepal. Your man has monkey mojo!

#46

Soldiers Playing With A Kitten

Soldiers Playing With A Kitten

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Military Working Dog

Military Working Dog

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#48

Our Mascot Fang In Camp Humphries South Korea 1980

Our Mascot Fang In Camp Humphries South Korea 1980

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One Of The Convoy Units Used To Take The Dog With Them

One Of The Convoy Units Used To Take The Dog With Them

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Me And My Two Lil Buddies In Iraq

Me And My Two Lil Buddies In Iraq

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#51

Soldier With His Deployment Dog

Soldier With His Deployment Dog

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Rhon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did he come home too?

#52

During The Battle Of Kursk, The Crew Sd.kfz.250. Panzer-grenadier-division Großdeutschland.1943

During The Battle Of Kursk, The Crew Sd.kfz.250. Panzer-grenadier-division Großdeutschland.1943

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LussianaSaberhagen
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What an innocence creature, playing with bullets.

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Soldier And Kittens

Soldier And Kittens

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Soldier With A Puppy

Soldier With A Puppy

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Little Cuties

Little Cuties

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VirginiaLeeHostman
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like every one of these heart warming photos of deployed GIs with animals !

#56

Making Friends With The Locals In Afghanistan

Making Friends With The Locals In Afghanistan

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Lance Cpl. Kowshon Ye, A Marine Corps Combat Videographer With 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regi

Lance Cpl. Kowshon Ye, A Marine Corps Combat Videographer With 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regi

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