Skip to comments.Foster care, new homes needed for soldiers' pets left behind
Posted on 08/02/2014 7:25:38 PM PDT by expat1000
Garcia has her hands full. But when a soldier friend needed someone to give a temporary home to her German shepherd, Garcia didn't hesitate to help.
"Taking on a German shepherd, I was like, 'Oh, this is going to be interesting,'" Garcia said.
In the weeks since she assumed temporary care of Kaiser, the 7-year-old German shepherd has become like part of the family for Garcia.
As soon as her friend gets settled at her new assignment in Florida, however, Garcia will turn the dog back over to his owner.
In a military community like Fayetteville, the issue of what to do with the pets of reassigned or deployed soldiers is an ongoing one.
Responsible pet owners, like Garcia's friend, find temporary or permanent homes for their dogs or cats. But too often, animal control officials say, the pets are abandoned and left to fend for themselves.
"There's just too many people going in and out, too many military people getting reassigned," said Dr. John Lauby, director of the Cumberland County Animal Control Department. "The foster groups don't have the resources to handle all the animals."
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There are no links to any organizations that volunteers can contact that I can see. I’m posting some inquiries... Maybe some other FReepers will have further info.
Also on how/who to contact local bases as obviously volunteers will have to be fairly close to them.
Yes, cats too. I expect any kind of pet that someone would be willing to take in for a while.
“Another option is Dogs on Deployment, a website that matches military pet owners with foster families nationwide.”
OK - found these on FB
Assistance needed in many different states...
Check for comments again in a few days. If I can find any more info, I will post it.
Active Duty ping.