Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet: Helping Military Members Keep Their Beloved Pets
For those of us whose pets are very much part of our hearts and families, this seems unthinkable. Our military personnel already sacrifice so much to serve the country. They should at least be able to look forward to being reunited with their best friends when they return home again.
Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet (or “GASP”) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to support “military service members, veterans, and their beloved pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following deployment or emergency hardship.” Toward that end, GASP has established three programs:
- The Foster Home Program provides an “alternative to the unwanted surrender of beloved pets of our deploying service members.” The group has a network of volunteers all over the country who open their homes to provide a loving and healthy environment for the pets until they can be reunited with their owners. This program is provided at no cost to the military service member.
- The Military Pet Assistance Program assists those involved as foster pet parents through the Foster Home Program. When funds are available, the program will also assist military service members, military spouses and veterans facing emergency hardships.
- The Military & Veterans Pet Sanctuary Project is working toward setting up facilities throughout the country to provide temporary shelter for pets until a foster home can be found.
Anyone interested in fostering a pet, contributing or volunteering in some other fashion will find all the information they need at the group’s website.