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February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

GASP is a wonderful organization! We wish more people knew about this program, so more military service members could access the services that are offered. 4-H members in Oklahoma are doing their part to raise awareness of this program!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally knowing military service members that have had to give up their pets because there was no one that could take them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure that more people knew about the wonderful work that is being done to support our service members, their families, and veterans.

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

I currently foster to dogs, a greyhound and a pit bull, for a deployed military couple. When I was in Afghanistan, I was lucky that my parents could care for my dog but not everyone has that option. While it's been challenging at times (goodbye my favorite slippers!) it's been one of the most rewarding things I have done. To know I have given peace of mind to two soldiers serving their country is a wonderful feeling.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fostering of the two dogs. I know how happy the owners are that they are in loving home and well taken care of.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More outreach so more military personnel know about what it offers.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

This is a fantastic organization! They do a fantastic job of supporting our military! As a volunteer with this organization, I feel appreciated and supported by not only the soldiers but the organization as well!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the look on a soldier's face when they are reunited with their pet!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask for more volunteers to support our mission!

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have signed up to be a foster home for a soldier's pet in NY. I have not had the opportunity to do this yet but one day my services may be needed.
After having a brother and son currently serving in the US Army i know how hard it is for families to be separated. I can only image how hard also
it would be to leave a beloved pet behind. (Being a pet owner myself). This organization helps take one more burden off the minds of our deploying soldiers. It is a great cause and well organized unit.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Wonderful organization. Helping the pets of responsible soldiers stay with their owners and out of an already crowded rescue system.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

100's of placements for needy soldiers and veterans

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

recruit more committed volunteers

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I first learned of Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pets from the evening news. The news story showed a brave soldier fighting over seas and taking joy in watching a home videos of his dog playing in the water with his GASP foster family in the states. I knew I had to be a part of this wonderful organization. I submitted my application.

I am so proud to say that my famiily and I are now a GASP foster family. We are waiting to find out if we will be fostering a sweet pup named Addi.

I am very impressed with how professional and compassionate this organization is. They want what is best for the soldiers and their pets as well as fosters and their families. A pet will be placed with a foster family that is similar to their own family so there will be a smooth transition for everyone involved. The New York Director of GASP is a wonderful woman with an absolutely enormous heart! I will gladly be a GASP volunteer to give something back to those who give so much.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Contact with the NY director of GASP and review of potential foster pets. My family and I are waiting to be chosen as a foster home.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Advertise more.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

I am a nurse and worked for 34 years in ICU, ED and taught eldercare. And learned early on that pets are a very important part of wellness, and coping, and families. I remember with tears the day we brought an elderly spaniel up the back stairs to lie beside his elderly human for one final time. And that dog knew he was saying goodbye. Last year, as I started retirement paperwork, I read an article in our local paper about GASP. And my heart thumped as I realized, I could do this.That I truly, really, wanted to do this. I could apply and foster a pet for our service personnel. My son in law, and nephew are both in the Airforce. By doing this, I could help pay back a small part of what our service folks are doing for us. The application and screening process reassured me that GASP is truly committed to the goal of fostering in a very professional way. I believe that this organization is worthy of our continued support. I am impressed by the comprehensive backround information that is provided to me in every email request for a foster home. And grateful for their prompt communication. And especially thankful that an organization such as this, exists.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being comforted by knowing that, one pet at a time, through this organization, a family can stay together.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to link animal shelters and veterinarians to local VA support organizations to help provide more foster homes, in a more widely publicized way.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

This is my first time fostering a dog for one of our service personal. This has been a great experience for my whole family. It makes you feel good inside knowing that we are helping our service personal. We have fostered a siberian husky named Addi. Her owner Max has been very grateful that this program is available or he would have to give up his dog permanently.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

very positive way.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Don't change anything, The adoption process is very streamline and thorough.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I volunteered for GASP and also have fostered two dogs in 2009. The organization takes in pets for soldiers who are being deployed and finds them foster homes until the soldier returns. They will go through great lengths to assure the safety of the animals. At times, a foster situation cannot be done for an entire rotation, so GASP will find another home for the pets. I am one of these cases. I had found a foster family for two large dogs that belonged to a soldier who deployed. After about 6 months, the arrangement did not work out any more due to the fact that the fostering soldier dad also deployed and the foster mom could not handle their kids, their dogs and cats and the two foster dogs. When we were unable to find a new foster family (back then the program was not as developed as today and less foster families available) my husband I decided to add the two boys to our pack of 6 dogs. Their soldier mom returned another 8 months later and was happy to pick up her boys safe and sound.
That's what GASP is all about - caring for a soldier's pet and ensuring its safety by all means necessary.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the pets I helped and the people I worked with.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find many more foster families and volunteers because the need is so great, and the service is so important.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They need a larger network, many more volunteers. And of course, money.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I learned to handle dogs even better.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good, especially the day when soldier mom picked up her boys :)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I'm a foster mom for GASP and this experience has been wonderful for both me and my five dogs. They immediately accepted Demo as a member of the pack and I realized I could foster a dog long term, get attached but still be able to let go because what his mom is doing is so important, protecting our country and our way of life. I feel very privileged to be a part of this organization because it allows me to give back to those who have given so much for us, even if it is in such a small way.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to give back to a soldier who is giving so much for our country.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

While this organization is incredibly awesome, it saddens me that more people in general don't know about it and that sometimes a soldier feels like their only option is to surrender their precious pet to a shelter because they can't find anyone to take care of them while they're deployed. It's heartbreaking to me. I know they're doing everything they can, and I tell anyone who will listen.

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