MISSION STATEMENT: To honor animals that have served with Armed Forces in wartime with a permanent museum where their stories, and their valiant human handlers, will be appreciated and recognized for generations to come.
First in the world: Filled with galleries, displays, interactive exhibits, events, statues and artifacts relating to war service animals, the museum will become a destination for people young and old to experience and appreciate the role animals have played in military history throughout the world. Many of their stories will also be told through creative and novel exhibits, including old film footage for a meaningful media experience.
The Museum will also feature:
Service Animals Exhibit: A section of the museum will be dedicated to service animals: how they provide wonderful healing and support to people with PTSD, and other emotional/physical disorders.
Sculpture Garden: A sculpture garden will be offered where people can relax in the presence of the animal heroes.
Children’s Art Gallery: An annual national contest will be held for students’ artwork of their favorite service animal, a story and reason why they chose that animal. The award winners art will be recognized and displayed in an exhibit and published in a book available to the public. All participants will receive a Certificate of Thanks & Appreciation.
Community and Interactive Events: Military working and police dogs can provide demonstrations. Therapy dogs and horses can exhibit their work with PTSD or handicapped children and adults.
Gift Shop, Café and Rental Space: A gift shop will include quality educational toys, videos, books and creative merchandise for parents and children. The café will serve quality local produce from nearby farms. Rental space and a catering kitchen will be offered at the museum.
Affiliations: The goal is to become accredited through the American Alliance of Museums and become a Smithsonian Affiliate.
Location and Build Out: To be located in the Washington, DC metropolitan region with a building to be determined by the collection of displays, artifacts and media.
Angels Without Wings, Inc. (AWW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation since August 2009. Spearheaded by Robin Hutton, author of the NY Times bestseller, Sgt Reckless, America’s War Horse and War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II, over the last five years through our DBA the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Fund, AWW has dedicated three national monuments to this great Korean War horse hero at Quantico, VA; Camp Pendleton, CA; and Lexington, KY.
AWW is represented in Washington, DC by Mari Lou Livingood at The Livingood Group, LLC, who will serve on the east coast to seek private and public funds, provide government relations and networking on behalf of the International War Animals Museum.
Robin Hutton / Angels Without Wings, Inc. President
Mari Lou Livingood / Livingood Group, LLC President