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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#1 My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

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MartinSchack 3 years ago

very cute. the kitten is also sweet.

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#2 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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NildaLopezVale 3 years ago

I love this foto how human can it be

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#3 Soldier With His Rescued Puppy

Soldier With His Rescued Puppy

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GervaisDevine 3 years ago

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

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#4 Stray Kitten Sleeping On My Buddy, Afghanistan 2009

Stray Kitten Sleeping On My Buddy, Afghanistan 2009

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KateOffner 3 years ago

Sharing a snuggle

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#5 My Little Buddy Over Seas

My Little Buddy Over Seas

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HipChick 3 years ago

Love.

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#6 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 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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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BabyKangeroo7 3 years ago

mail! who needs their mail?!?

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#9 Marines Give Breakfast To Stray Puppy

Marines Give Breakfast To Stray Puppy

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JaneWade 3 years ago

So precious are our animals!

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#10 The Cutest Cell Phone Ever

The Cutest Cell Phone Ever

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LucieHadáčková 3 years ago

and cute guy as well :)

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#11 Soldier With His Dog

Soldier With His Dog

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KateOffner 3 years ago

Such devotion in the eyes and the kiss

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#12 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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NildaLopezVale 3 years ago

love it

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#13 A Dog Saying Goodbye To His Soldier Friend

A Dog Saying Goodbye To His Soldier Friend

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LianeFleury 3 years ago

Awwwwwwww!!! He looks soooooooo sad!

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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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NildaLopezVale 3 years ago

kindness

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#15 Russian Soldiers Of WWII Sleeping With Puppy

Russian Soldiers Of WWII Sleeping With Puppy

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BabyKangeroo7 3 years ago

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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NildaLopezVale 3 years ago

I like it

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#17 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 3 years ago

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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NildaLopezVale 3 years ago

human kindness

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#19 Found These Kittens In Afghanistan

Found These Kittens In Afghanistan

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LisaThomson 3 years ago

just love this x

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#20 Soldier And A Kitty

Soldier And A Kitty

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NildaLopezVale 3 years ago

lovely

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#21 Tired Soldier And A Puppy

Tired Soldier And A Puppy

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BabyKangeroo7 3 years ago

they look so much alike !!

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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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YashodaJordan 3 years ago

What happens afterwards?!

#23 Dog Kissing A Soldier

Dog Kissing A Soldier

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NildaLopezVale 3 years ago

love it

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#24 Tough Soldier With His Kitty

Tough Soldier With His Kitty

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BabyKangeroo7 3 years ago

thats cute..... tuff guy with fluffy 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 3 years ago

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

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#26 Soldier With Her Dog

Soldier With Her Dog

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KyleEaton 3 years ago

IDF?

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#27 A True Soldier And A True Friend

A True Soldier And A True Friend

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salanco16 3 years ago

Beautiful!

#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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LussianaSaberhagen 3 years ago

Pure love :3

#29 He Just Crawled Up There And Curled Up

He Just Crawled Up There And Curled Up

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DenaGomez 3 years ago

I think that kitty just adopted a new human!

#30 Soldier Feeding A Kitty

Soldier Feeding A Kitty

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NikitaJagora 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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.

#32 Soldier With His Pup

Soldier With His Pup

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DonnaScanlonRusso 3 years ago

Great picture

#33 My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

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FrédéricEeckman 3 years ago

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

#34 Soldier With A Kitty

Soldier With A Kitty

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JewelRi 3 years ago

this is so cute..

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#35 My New Friend On My Current Deployment

My New Friend On My Current Deployment

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#36 Adorable Husky With A Soldier

Adorable Husky With A Soldier

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#37 Kitten And Dog Support Ukrainian Soldiers, 2015

Kitten And Dog Support Ukrainian Soldiers, 2015

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BethanyFields 3 years ago

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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Devyn5 3 years ago

Beautiful cat

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#39 Soldier With Kitten

Soldier With Kitten

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#40 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 3 years ago

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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#46 Soldiers Playing With A Kitten

Soldiers Playing With A Kitten

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#47 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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#49 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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#50 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 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

What an innocence creature, playing with bullets.

#53 Soldier And Kittens

Soldier And Kittens

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#54 Soldier With A Puppy

Soldier With A Puppy

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#55 Little Cuties

Little Cuties

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VirginiaLeeHostman 3 years ago

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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#57 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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LussianaSaberhagen 3 years ago

Love all pics