Retired IDF Pooch Now Cheers Up Senior Citizens

IDF dog with Israeli soldier

Kila is a special dog. During her years of service in the IDF’s special forces canine unit Oketz, she participated in many daring rescue missions. But even after being released from the military, she still does good work. These days, Kila and her owner volunteer at an assisted living facility, putting smiles on the faces of senior citizens.

Kila, a Belgian Shepherd, was brought to Israel and to Oketz at the age of three months. As a rescue dog, she helped extract people in complex operations in the West Bank, as well as disaster areas around the world.

She aided in rescuing people after natural disasters in Haiti and Turkey, and was flown to Romania after an IDF helicopter went down there. In 2008, she was retired from service.



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