Humans weren’t the only members of military units during World War II. Animal mascots often were part of them too. The mascots served as emblems and good-luck charms for the unit and boosted troops’ morale. Animals became part of a unit in different ways: some were pets brought from home under special circumstances, while other animals were adopted once the soldiers arrived in a foreign country. Dogs were the most common mascots, but there were also cats, donkeys, goats, rabbits, chickens, pumas, and bears, as well as others. There are countless other stories about animal mascots, some of whom performed daring feats or saved their owners lives. But most just served the essential function of providing friendship and companionship to troops a long way from home. There are still animal mascots and one of the best traditions in college football is a live animal mascot.