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The tap of an app, and your new, sweet puppy is flown right to your door by drone. Wait, what?

There really shouldn't be an app for that. And there isn't. It's making a point.

The tap of an app, and your new, sweet puppy is flown right to your door by drone. Wait, what?

What happens when you buy a dog online?

Many people buy adorable puppies of specific breeds from online retailers, but how does your new bundle of puppy joy get to your door? The Humane Society produced this parody commercial for a fake dog-delivery app called Same Day Pups. It explores a way a lot of folks think it happens — but with drones!

You get your mobile device, open the Same Day Pups app, and find the dog you want delivered to you.



A few taps later, you've got a new pet on the way to your home. Before you know it, the fictional breeders at Same Day Pups have launched your doglet into the air.

A small drone gently lifts the puppy up into the sky for the same-day trip to your home.


The skies are full of happy puppies.


You can even track the progress of your new family member within the app. What fun.

The drone lands, and the puppy's home.

The video ends with info on how you can order a dog of your own from SameDayPups.com.

(You should go to their site. Really.)

This is a screenshot from SameDay Pups, showing a description of their "services" and variety of breeds for "sale."

But there's one other thing... none of this is real.

Hover over the photos on the Same Day Pups site to see the sad reality. (This is just a picture of the site.)

What is real? By buying puppies online, you could be supporting a puppy mill.

The puppies delivered in this video are safe, happy, healthy, and even have a bird's eye view of the world as the family eagerly awaits their arrival. But when you buy a puppy from a store, odds are very good (99% good, according to The Humane Society) that it was bred by a puppy mill, a terrible place to be. Your dog's purchase price encourages this nasty industry to continue.

There are lots of dog-loving private breeders who treat their canines well, but the fact remains that there's just no reason to breed a dog for sale that trumps the needs of so many dogs dying for homes.

When you try to buy a puppy on Same Day Pups, the website reminds you that by buying sight unseen online, you might be supporting puppy mills.

This app may not be real, but you don't have to put down your mobile device. Just use it to find a shelter nearby and make someone happy.

There are countless dogs, young and old, stuck in shelters who'd love to be part of someone's family. If only they had the chance.

And now, a word from the good folks at Same Day Pups.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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