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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Government & Public Administration

Mission: Assisting our active duty deploying Military, Wounded Warriors, homeless Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment related to a combat or peace-keeping or humanitarian mission or unforeseen hardship related to a medical and/or homeless situation through various programs/services/projects. EIN: 20-2229425

Results: As of September 30, 2019 - 5 pets currently fostered through our Foster Home program with 982 pets reunited since 2007 with their military service members following a deployment related to a combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission or unforeseen medical/homeless hardship

Target demographics: Supporting the military community (active duty of all branches deploying, families of deployed, wounded, and veterans) to reduce the number of unwanted relinquishment of pet ownership to a shelter/rescue group due to their service to our country based on a deployment to harm’s way (combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission) or unforeseen emergency hardship.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 55 beloved furbabies

Geographic areas served: All 50 States

Programs: Foster Home - Assisting our deploying to harm's way military service members in locating and placing their beloved pets into caring, loving, and safe foster homes so they can be reunited with their beloved pets following such deployment. Military Pet Assistance - consists of a financial funds to assist with unforeseen emergency situations related to veterinary care and short term pet boarding situations related to the pets fostered in homes through our organization. MVP Sanctuary project - Establish the first of its kind sanctuary to care for these beloved pets where we don't have an individual foster home available when needed and to expand our fostering ability to our veterans and families of those deployed with pets who encounter an unforeseen hardship. First sanctuary to be established in Gatesville TX with an on-site private pet care facility and our national office/operations.

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was being deployed to Iraq in 2008 I had 3 dogs and no place for them to go. At no point was I going to giving them a way or surrender them. I was going to board them for a year $15,000 and they would have to live in a shelter setting. Guardian Angels for Soldiers pets of Minnesota places all 3 dogs and 1 cat in loving homes. I deployed knowing my “kids” were being loved and cared for. So, when I deployed in 2010 2 of my dogs returned to the same homes and 1 dog was placed in a a different home. Thought about them on deployment but did not worry about their safety or if they were being cared for like I do. My dogs ended up stay an extra 5 months while I was in the Wounded Warrior Program. With out this organization. I don’t know how my deployments would have gone. Thank you is not enough.

1 Susan Lewis N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have foster dogs with (GAfSP) we love it.
This is our way of helping out the military. It is sad to let go when the soldier comes home but it makes us feel good that we can make a difference.
This is our latest dog Delta she is 1 1/2 year old Jindo/Shar Pei mix she we be with us till May of 2021. This makes our four time we have foster dogs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet does such important work, taking
care of pets for our noble vets... some of whom are so undone by their
service to our country that their pet is now their best and most loyal
friend!

Have you seen those many videos of ecstatic dogs greeting returning vets?
It shows you how crucial it is to have that kind of total devotion, to
come home to.

And they spend their money wisely & carefully.

I'm a regular donor, of many years.

Bruce Merrill

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Donor

Rating: 5

They do excellent work. Our Vets need and deserve this.
Efficient, committed, and appreciative.

Jet A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels did Soldiers Pet saved our family from being broke apart. Because is this organization, our fur babies are still with us. From TN, NY, KS and now forever home in HI. It was far more than just having less stress during deployment, this organization kept us together after deployment!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I fell on hard times a couple years back and I almost surrendered my dog, but because of this organization... I didn't have to. This is a great non profit.

Linda S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Started this back in Jan 2005 and still able to assist and support our military/veteran pet owners in specific situations. We have and have had some awesome volunteers who have been there to help our clients and their furbabies. I'm very proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the years with just under a 1,000 furbabies being reunited with their single military or veteran owners, plus via our MPA Fund have been able to help beloved furbabies in our Pet Foster Home program by disbursing $74,358 helping 109 military/veteran pet owners and 142 beloved furbabies between Feb 2012 and Aug 2019. This could not be accomplished without our State/Natl Level Admin/Support volunteers, our Foster Home Network, and our Supporters. Thanks to all we could not have accomplished what we have without all of you. Angel HUGS and Respectfully, Linda Spurlin-Dominik, President/CEO Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm the current CEO/President of this organization and want to thank our donors, our registered foster homes, and our Admin/Support volunteers who spend their time between jobs and family being there for our deploying and veteran pet owner. Since we began through our Pet Foster Home program we have reunited 115 companion animals with their owners (deployed following a combat or peacekeeping mission and our veterans who have faced major inpatient medical or homelessness situations). In addition with our MPA Fund we have helped 76 veterans and 111 beloved furbabies in disbursing a total of $62,484 covering temp boarding and veterinarians costs. Know there are not enough words to truly thank those who have worked with me over the last 12 years doing what we humanly possible can to help our military, veterans, and their beloved furbabies who need our assistance. Plus sincere thanks and appreciation to our donors who without you, we will be unable to continue mission. God Bless and Angel HUGS from our TX National Office.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet were a great resource that helped pay for short-term boarding services for one of my client's in need as she worked on transitioning into independent housing. They also helped my client's dog get updated on needed vaccines for housing. They were great!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker in Austin's homeless program and was working with a woman who was about to lost temporary housing in order to stay with her dog whom she could not afford to board. Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets was able to fund boarding until we could get both in permanent housing. They made such a difference.

2 robinson.holly91

Client Served

Rating: 5

GASP saved my sweet boy from going to a shelter just a few weeks before my deployment. I had a temporary home lined up, but they fell through at the last minute and I had no one else to watch him. Jasper was put in a home immediately and I made a life long friendship with his foster family. My sweet Jasper is gone now, but I'm so thankful to Carol (his foster mom) and GASP for giving me 6 more years with him

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was getting ready to deploy and the home that was watching my 3 year old Dalmatian was no longer able to... I was given about a month to find a new place for him to stay....after doing a little research on google I found the Guardian Angels for Soldiers' pet website and submitted an application, with in a few days I recieved a call for a potential foster home and a few weeks later handed Jasper over. I just got back not very long ago and I could not have asked for a better home to watch Jasper he was so well taken care of and loved it melted my heart to see that their are people out there that care so much!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Another year has gone by with this organization and I am still as dedicated to its mission as I as from Day 1. This 100% volunteer group keeps providing quality customer service to our military members and their beloved pets. Each and every volunteer knows what it means to love a pet and then how painful it would be to lose them. They do their best to make sure it doesn't happen to another veteran by finding loving temporary foster homes for the pets of deployed soldiers, homeless or hospitalized veterans, veterans in treatment, or veterans in temporary housing that does not allow pets. They do a terrific job!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Country artist Lucas Hoge and I have been working with Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet for several years and we have first hand witnessed what this organization can do! We are behind them 100% and everything that stand for. They are amazing!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I been with Guardian angels for soldiers pets since 2006. I have placed pets in foster homes. I even fostered a few my self. I love this organization and the help we give to our heroes from past to present.

2 kimpep

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've been fostering pets throught Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pet since 2010. The gratitude the military families express when their furbabies are taken care of during deployments cannot be expressed in words. The teary eyed reunions with dog tails wagging like crazy says it all! Thank you GASP for helping organize and providing this pet fostering need to our soldiers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet! My husband and I have been fostering dogs for this program for almost five years. We have fostered 9 dogs in that time (in fact I have one of our foster dogs sitting on my lap as I type). The GASP volunteers and Foster Coordinators are very professional. They go above and beyond to assist in finding a safe foster home for the pets, as well as provide support to help ensure your fostering experience is both positive and rewarding. We look forward to fostering for as long as there is a need. Thank-you GASP for providing this opportunity to support our military and veterans!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I been volunteering with Guardian Angels For Soldiers Pets since 2006. I even fostered thru them, They are great. I love volunteering and able to help our military. Its very rewarding

2 Carol P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As first time hosts for a soldier’s pet, we had a very positive experience. When we had questions and in our case special needs for our foster dog, the guardian angels came along side us and supported us through our hour of need. I would highly recommend this organization

2 WorkingServiceDog

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been providing equipment for Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet's dogs for years and the dedication this company gives to our veterans and military is overwhelming. They are committed to training the best service dogs and protecting the rights of our heroes to use them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I been volunteering for guardian Angel's for soldiers pets since day one.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporting GASP almost since their inception. It is a wonderful organization that has done unprecedented things for our military who are deploying and in the past had to give up their pets and now can have them fostered until their employment ends. Deploying from family and friends for extended periods is hard enough on our military - to have to give up their animal and put them in a shelter to go to someone else while they serve our country is an unspeakable heartache they should not have to face. Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets have filled that void and given our military personnel peace of mind that they have their wonderful loved pets to come home to.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderfully operated service for care of deployed military personnel pets until they return. It is also working to provide PTSD dogs and provides needed food and health care for pets of homeless veterans. I have been aware of and donated to this 'charity' for years.
The people involved care deeply for the work they do for veterans and their pets.
You could not find a better place to donate if your heart is with our Veterans and their needs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with this great organization for over 15 years and constantly get reminded of how dedicated their staff is. They put in many unselfish hours in an attempt to help our military members.

2 Mary Ellen F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe what they do is so important mentally and emotionally for both human and pet. To know your loved one is going to be taken care of, one less worry and can concentrate on other important things!!! Thanks for all you do Guardian Angels!!!

2 Christine J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served three tours of duty since 2012 fostering three sets of cats for military service members under this wonderful organization. The soldiers have very little notice at times and their only option is to turn their animal over to a shelter. These animals, especially my foster kitties, were family members for the soldiers who could not have accomplished their goals and returned to their beloved pets without the existence of Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets. Each reunion was so heartwarming and showed me how necessary this organization is for our military!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband and I joined the military in 2011 we had two cats. We were both going to be training at the same time and we did not have any family members that could kept the cats for about a year for us. Guardian angles for solder's pet was able to find a wonderful couple that fostered our babies for us. We are so greatful that we did not have to lose our pets to join the service and we look forward to being able to foster for other military members once we have completed our service in the military.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with fostering military pets was with Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet. JC and Rocky were deployed to St. Louis while their Army Mom was stationed in Afghanistan. Since this was my first experience, I had a lot of questions. The rep with GASP was incredibly helpful! Before I was put in touch with the soldier, GASP checked with my vet, 2 references and my landlord. VERY thorough!

Nancy Hightshoe

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Donor

Rating: 5

Doing amazing work to care for the loved pets of the military. This is so needed. I remember a sad case while I was at Montgomery County Shelter and a husband/wife military couple came in with their two dogs. They were both being deployed. They had never been separated from these dogs and the dogs had also always been together. Their was not a dry eye at the Shelter that day. I know the Shelter did the best they could to find a home for these dogs. An organization such as Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet works to provide foster care for pets while service people are serving our country. Work very needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Guardian Angels For Soldiers Pet. I been with them since 2009 and placed quiet a few pets in foster homes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this wonderful organization since 2009. The dedication of all involved is strong and their devotion and generosity has been a blessing to the mission. Please support these Guardian Angels and the veterans they assist in their time of need. Volunteer to foster the pet of a deployed soldier or a homeless veteran or a veteran in need of care. You won't be disappointed. The joy you bring a veteran will never be forgotten. Please support our troops and their beloved pets.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Social Worker in a housing program for Veterans; I typically make home visits to ensure that a Veteran's housing is stable and that the Veteran is getting all of his or her needs met. One of my clients kept cancelling his appts. with me saying that he was sick and not up to a meeting. After several cancellations, I insisted on coming to see him and he did not put up a fight. I found him lying in bed, far more ill than he had let on. It was clear that he needed medical attention as soon as possible, however, he refused to leave his dog. I had never approached this program for help before but was immensely relieved when the response for dog care help was compassionate, thorough and immediate. This Veteran's income was a little over $1,000/month and he could not afford the vaccinations required at a dog boarding facility. Arrangements were made to pay for these as well as the daily rate the boarding facility charged. When the Veteran was assured that his dog could be boarded at a facility close to his home, he agreed to have a neighbor help him get his dog there. It was only when he knew his dog would be safe and well cared for would he agree to go to the hospital. As it turned out, he was in need of about 2 weeks of medical care in the hospital; although we initially thought that we could only be granted one week of dog boarding, Linda made arrangements to provide enough funding to the boarding facility for the additional time this Veteran needed to be hospitalized. If this Veteran did not have the peace of mind that his dearly beloved dog friend would be well cared for, he would have chosen to stay right where he was at home despite being so sick. This program and Linda's support saved this man's life. I can't express my appreciation enough for all she did to be there for us at a very difficult time. Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets is exactly that! They were there to provide life saving help for a Veteran with no family and limited funds. Our gratitude is endless!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I lost our beloved dog "Kenai" at 11 years old about a year ago. I was still heartbroken and wasn't sure if we were ready for another. While surfing Facebook, I came across an article about Guardian Angels for soldiers pets. I applied to foster a pet for a soldier heading to Afghanistan or Iraq. We were matched up with Karen who had two Doberman Pinchers. What a rewarding experience. We were able to help a soldier who in any other circumstance may not have been able to keep her beloved pets. We fostered for a year and loved being able to help a soldier serve our country with the comfort of knowing their pets were safe!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered a gray chow for a soldier deployed to Africa this past year. The experience was wonderful! I learned to love chows, instead of fear them. I laughed at his antics while he helped me to fight against my stage 4 cancer symptoms. I had full support of the organization at all times. Although he is now reunited with his soldier, he stays in my heart as an inspiration to help our pets and our soldiers in their time of need. I was rewarded tenfold!

3 Katt A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with Guardian Angeles for soldiers pet because the dedication and care they show to the military community and thier beloved pets is unparalleled. Completely operated by volunteers, every cent donated goes directly towards helping our service men and woman care for the pets who care for them. This organization is what ALL 501 c3 nonprofits should be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been struggling for a while. I went into a program to help veterans get housing and get back on my feet. This program is transitional housing through the Salvation Army in Charlotte, NC. I got approved for a section 8 voucher just for veterans. The transitional housing does not allow pets however. I needed a safe place for my 4yr. Old German Shepherd, Nana, while I focused on what I needed to do to get back on my feet. Guardian Angel for soldiers pets is that place, I can trust these ppl with my best friend and confidently do what I need to do knowing she is safe.

2 Linda384

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Supporting our soldiers and pets, a great combination.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My neighbor and good friend was being deployed to Afghanistan and needed someone to care for his two big dogs. Unfortunately I am was unable to help him out. He searched online and found Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet. He was matched up with a foster home nearby. He was able to take his dogs to the foster home so that he could meet the people, see their house and yard and have his dogs meet them and their dogs.
Not only did this couple foster his dogs but they sent him pictures and updates though out his deployment and when he returned they have remained friends. He was more grateful than I can express here. I was so impressed by Guardian Angels and their ability to help my friend.

3 Strider

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet as a Foster Home Coordinator for the state of Ohio and for a while I was doing the State of New Jersey. While trying to place two dogs into foster care in New Jersey I was having trouble finding a home that was appropriate for these two dogs. Being new to the organization I was worried that I would fail to find a home for these dogs because it was a last minute request in the middle of the summer I couldn't find anybody willing to take the dogs due to planned vacations or the few willing to take the dogs had cats in the home and we weren't sure if that would work with these two dogs. When I asked for help several people from other states came forward and offered their assistance. With the help of other group members we found a wonderful home to foster these two dogs. This organization definitely is a tight knit group that works together as a whole to make sure they don't let any military member down.
I was just named the National Media Relations Coordinator a couple of weeks ago and my first few projects have been to interview volunteers and those military members or veterans that they helped. The stories have been so moving. A homeless veteran living in a tent didn't want to get help because he couldn't take his dog with him into transitional housing. Because Guardian Angels found a foster home for his dog he was able to move indoors, get a job, get the help he needed and finally move into his own place where he was reunited with his wonderful dog! He was so grateful and it was so heartwarming talking to him about his experience.
I've also talked to several military people who were deployed and needed foster homes for their pets while they were on duty. They talked about the peace of mind they were given knowing their pet was in a good home while they were away and that allowed them to concentrate on doing their job while overseas.
I'm so proud to be a part of this organization and to know that the many volunteers from all levels and all positions work from their hearts to help support military members and their pets

1 Lisa498

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our pets are more than just pets. Our returning soldiers need unconditional support and love.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Caring organization helping our military members that are deployed. Helping to keep their furry friends out of shelters and ready to welcome their military person home.

2 Winona A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great non profit organization for our soldiers! Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster home volunteer for over 5 years and have fostered 5 cats (one of whom had two stays with us). GASP is a top-notch organization that does tremendously valuable work by giving servicepeople peace of mind, their furry friends a safe home, and foster home volunteers the privilege of supporting our servicepeople.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet is a caring organization comprised of some of the most dedicated individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have worked as a Foster Coordination Liaison for more than two years, so I know first hand how much these wonderful individuals care for our military members - both present and former - and how hard they work to take care of the furbabies so deployments and life situations can be easier.

2 Tonya R P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I used to volunteer for guardian angels for soldiers pets. They are an awesome org

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Does yeoman's work to keep families of skin & fur together - keeping pets safe while their family members deploy. Literally saves lives- on so many levels!

2 Hazel B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered four dogs for three families with this organization and couldn't be more proud to help our military. GASP makes it easy to be a volunteer - they are professional, organized and efficient as well as compassionate and understanding. Looking forward to the next opportunity to help out!
H. Banks
Florida

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer of this organization for more than five years and it has been my pleasure to serve. No matter what the situation, there has always been someone available to provide support, direction and appreciation. As the need for fostering the pets of homeless veterans grows, the volunteers dedication increases to match that need. I am honored to be a part of this fine group of individuals across the country.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Super easy to find a temporary home for my kittens. The person who watched them.while I was deployed was super sweet and wonderful with my kittens. I couldn't have asked for anything more. This organization is awesome.

2 Thane T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets is a great organization. They saved my old dog’s life and enabled me to perform my duty without the burden of putting an old friend to sleep. I was alerted for quick movement in support of a named operation. I was confronted with the emotionally charged dilemma about my old, blind dog Jimmy. With less than a week to get my affairs in order, a conspiracy of circumstances that precluded shipping Jimmy to my family, a taxing set of old dog maladies that included congestive heart failure, cataracts, and history of terrier rambunctiousness: Jimmy’s days were looking numbered. I got all weepy thinking that the little rascal would be heading to Valhalla before nature called. Enter Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets.

I heard about this organization through Military OneSource. The responded promptly and effectively. They put me in contact with local foster family, Charlotte and Mike, who took Jimmy into their loving home at the drop of a hat. They dealt with Jimmy’s issues and accommodated several extension to my return date. Charlotte and Mike help me get Jimmy prepared for my follow on overseas PCS by getting all his blood test up to date. All total, Guardian Angels and Soldiers Pets is an amazing organization that helped me resolve my dilemma and avoid putting an old friend to sleep in order to accommodate urgent operational requirements. I am grateful and cannot speak more highly of Charlotte, Mike, Carol, and the entire Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet organization....just super.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an emergency at home when I was stationed in Afghanistan 2 years ago and needed my dogs fostered right away. I found Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets online and within 3 days, all my dogs were fostered out. I could not believe how fast they worked to save my dogs. I will always be indebted to them.

They are now fostering my dogs once again while I am deployed. This is a caring and committed organization and Linda Spurlin-Dominik who runs the organization is one of the caring and dedicated person I have ever met.

They are doing great things for our soldiers and veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family fostered 3 kitty's and one puppy for 13 months. AMAZING experience. We have always had pets and when we found our home empty, Guardian Angels became available. We took the whole family and it was so much fun. We took the dog on vacations ( 2 ) with us and they became little 4 legged members of our community also. The neighbors all got to know them and love them too. They will be soooo missed as our home seems to empty this morning, but all of them are home, happy and healthy and we have some of the best memories. What a fantastic experience.

1 Beth78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to foster 2 cats from Tennessee from October until June. I loved have the kitties around and appreciated being able to help serve 2 of our country's armed forces. I was given constant support from the Indiana Coordinator, Carol. I was also able to communicate with the cats' real mom. I hope that I was able to help ease her mind while she was gone. When she came back, I was able to meet with her. I would definitely do this again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I both were deploying to Afghanistan and had no one to watch our two cats while we were away for a year. I checked in with Guardian Angels for Soldiers and they were able to link us up with a foster family within a month. The organization even helped ferry our beloved pets from our home near Nashville to Beth's home near Chicago. Beth kept me up to date with updates on our kitties throughout the deployment, with so many other things to worry about, I'm glad the cats had a safe and happy place to live. When I got home, I was able to travel to Chicago to meet Beth and her dad and it was wonderful meeting them and picking up my cats for the drive home. Great organization, I'm so blessed to have volunteers help out like that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a family emergency and within 6 hours a foster family was found for our dog Bear. The Maguire family emailed me very quickly and told me about their dogs and sent pictures. They also offered to pick up Bear from the kennel so he would only have to stay there up to two days. The family was in contact with me the entire time and kept me updated on how Bear was doing. When it was time to come home and get him they offered to bring him to our house (another 3 hour drive for them) but I said they have done more than enough and went to pick him up. The Maguires were there and were more than friendly with me and Bear came home with more manners than he left with. I am more than happy with this organization and would recommend it to ANYONE!

1 Susann H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently finished a foster of a wonderful pit bull names Tyson. Tyson's owners, Desirae and Nik, are both in the Air Force and were being deployed at the same time. They were getting pretty nervous as they could not find a good situation for him when GASP matched us up. Tyson was with me for about six months and became a wonderful addition to my pack of two dogs and two cats. Though big and energetic he is truly a sweet and loving dog. I feel honored to have been able to help out two people who sacrifice so much to serve our country. I also feel I gained two new friends in the experience. Thank you for the wonderful work GASP does!

1 Jessica44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I happened to be at an animal shelter one day with a friend when a sailor walked in to turn in her dog as she was being deployed the next day and couldn't find anyone to take care of the pup. It was obvious she was heartbroken so I told her I'd take the dog and network her out to a more long term foster as my hands are already full with rescues/rehabs. Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pets stepped right up and offered to find a suitable foster home for this girl. The owner is ecstatic that she'll still have her beloved girl when she returns from overseas instead of having to wonder what happened to her in a shelter. The dedication of the coordinators for GASP is simply astounding and, as a Navy wife, it's comforting to know we have options should I find myself needing assistance while when my husband's deployed.

1 Lynda A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are the second foster home for a cat whose owner was deployed in 2011. As it turned out, she wanted to be the only cat in the house and her previous foster home already had cats. I was so impressed with the care GASP and the previous foster took in getting the cat to a more favorable environment. Volunteers set up a relay to transport her to us and made sure to contact her owner and ease his mind. I cannot imagine having to face giving up a pet for a temporary deployment so we are thrilled to be able to keep that from happening even for one soldier. The volunteers are dedicated to the cause and I would highly recommend this to anyone with love to give as a volunteer, or for a soldier in need of care for a pet. A bonus for me has been "meeting" other volunteers through social media and hearing their funny stories, and just being part of this amazing group. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently fostered a pit bull rhodesian mix for a young soldier. I have to say it was the best experience...not only did I get a beautiful loving dog but I made a new human friend as well. Thank you GASP for giving me the opportunity to help. I would love to do it again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Foster Mom for two pugs, Sasha and Jake for 5 months. It has been the most rewarding experience not just for myself, but for my husband and other dogs. I have become very close friends with their Dad who is deployed in Afghanistan until 10/12 and this new friendship and the love of these dogs is amazing. I wanted to do something special for our Service Members and this is this best way for me since I am disabled and on limited funds. All I need to give is love!

Lori17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience is a little different then most of GASP volunteers. First, I hunted out an organization that would allow me to foster, and Second, I have had fosters for Deployed, Returning and VA/Retirees. Many years ago, I had to give up my 9 year old cat that I had since she was weaned because I could not find a place to live that I could afford to rent and that would also allow my Puckett to move in. Luckily the county I live in had a very helpful rescue group that was able to place her for me. This experience nearly broke my heart, and I determined that when I was able to, I would find a way to foster so that someone else would not have to go thru it. So, I found GASP and applied. I was quickly accepted, but it took a little time to find my first fur babies - I have had 5 Foster Kitties to date! The first MSM I fostered for was 14 mth deployment to Afghanistan. The second family was returning from Germany and military temp housing did not allow cats. I had their two babies for a few months. My current foster is a single pure bred whose mom is receiving VA assistance. I LOVE this group!

Ann K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I submitted my application to Foster and within a week got a call to foster two Dobies, who's Mom was being deployed. It was so rewarding and a pleasure to have them. On the countdown now. Will miss them so much. GASP is a wonderful program that a lot of Soldiers and Sailors are very gratefull to.

1 JumperCatMan

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army and had received orders for Honduras. After reaching out to friends and family, with no luck; I came across GASP and submitted a request to find a temporary foster home for my two cats while i was out of the country. Within a week they found a match and I was able to PCS without a worry in the world. My foster family and I utilized their standard contract and modified it to a mutual agreement.

Four years prior when I was shipping off for basic training the same situation occurred. Under the pressure with a looming "ship off date" I had no choice but to place my cats in a long term boarding home which cost me $350 a month. Had my recruiter been aware of GASP then I could have utilized that money to pay off outstanding debt. I find it sad that organizations similar to GASP are not able to be easily recognized by the Armed Services and disseminated from the top down so everyone is aware of the options that are available.

I am not knocking the resources that are already established to assist service members but to know that an organization like GASP has existed since the Gulf War and that my recruiter was not able to provide me their name as an economical solution to finding a temporary home for my two cats is incomprehensible. Somewhere at the top, within the walls of the Pentagon, there has to be an office that organizations can contact through which their services can be offered to not only existing service members but recruits and retirees as well.

I am so impressed with the services that GASP has to offer that I am now committed to volunteering and attempting to spread awareness of their organization; or should I say, OUR organization. As a soon to be promoted E5/Sergeant, I find it my responsibility to make other service members aware and to asset them when they have a need such as I had.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a single male who left for Basic Training back in '07 and could not find friends or family to provide a temporary foster home for my two cats. At the last minute before leaving I found a boarding home that had an opening. I ended up for almost a full year, as I completed my basic and advance training for the Army, paying the equivalent of a car payment every month to make sure I was going to get my two cats back. I was also making an actual car payment too; you can imagine as a Private how challenging this was. The years after found me with my own place so I was able to take care of my two cats. Then Uncle Sam send me on a Short Tour for one year and so I reach out to the boarding home this time with no luck; filled to capacity. I sent an e-mail to GASP who put me in touch with the regional director for the MD/DC area and they had a couple who recently volunteered. After going though the meeting process which are very well layed out ahead of time it seemd like a perfect match. The couple and I were able to come to a financial agreement which helped me out favorably and they were able to have two more furry bundles of love in addition to the two they already owned.

GASP had provided some "back up" suggestions in case this didn't work out for me and I think it is very realistic for one to expect that it's not always going to work out. If you think about the various aspects of everything involved, ie: Are there pets already in the Foster Home? Will those pets get along with your? Some families can only care for one type of pet; dog/cat. Does the area you live in have enough Foster Volunteer Homes? Have you started your search in advance to allow for the meet and greet to make sure your pets or the Foster Family are comfortable with one another?

I'm amazed with the success rate for GASP and the "Army" of Volunteers who understand this unique service they are providing to us service members. I Solute You!!!

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Heather

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the organization and get to help not only the soldiers and pets. Everyone here wears multiple hats to keep it going but it is very much worth it and very rewarding helping to support those that help keep our country safe. It is also very rewarding working with the people who decide to become our foster home volunteers. Without them we could not do what we do for our soldiers and their pets.

Catherine Leonard

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started to foster for GASP a couple of months ago for soldiers dog named Guido. The people behind this organization have been professional and very caring and are there when you need them for support if needed or advise. Being a foster home for this soldier has been the best of both worlds. Helping him, and saving a dog from having to go to a shelter. I highly recommend this organization for Vets, soldiers and Military families. GASP is the best thing that has come into peoples lives and I am so proud to be part of them and proud to help a soldier in need. I hope to serve GASP and soldiers for many more years to come. My foster is a great dog and I hope that more people will open their hearts and homes to help a soldier and GASP Thank you.

Nancy2345678910

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were asked to foster 2 dogs for a deployed soldier. We were to be their 3rd foster home in a month, as the first 2 didn't work out. Sara, one of the volunteer coordinators drove the dogs up to us (we're in Pennsylvania, she was coming from Maryland) on Friday evening of a holiday weekend, and made sure she stayed long enough to introduce the dogs to our dogs, familiarize us with the fosters, and make sure we were comfortable.

The dogs were with us for 5 months, and during that time we had regular contact with their owner. Upon her return, she came personally to pick up her "babies."

All expenditures for the animals fostered through this organization are paid by the pet parents, terms and expectations are clearly laid out, and the organization truly has the best interests of soldiers and their pets at heart.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GASP assists military personnel (both active and retired) who are deployed or in an emergency situation.

I am an administrative volunteer, helping to filter foster applicants and the military service members to their regional coordinators. With this comes assisting one of the national directors to keep the map updated to more easily facilitate locating appropriate foster homes more quickly. Intermittently, I assist with very short term emergency fostering.

By matching up foster homes with military pets, we are able to keep the members of our armed forces connected with their pets while they are unable to care for them. They are reunited when the term of service or emergency is over. This keeps these pets out of the rescue system and keeps many of them from an otherwise unhappy ending.

Please pass the word about this very worthy organization. Their volunteers work tirelessly to support our country and those that defend it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Guardian Angles for Soldier's Pets is a much needed organization. They are doing a wonderful work. My son is currently deployed and was lucky enough to have his Mom take care of his dog while he is gone. Many military people don't have the option of family or friends to care for their pets. GASP ensures that many pets will have the care and love they needs while their "people" have to be away.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard a about GASP from a local news station and just had to help them. What a wonderful thing they do! I had never thought about the pets of the brave men and women fighting for our country and the fact that they might have no where to go when their owner deployed! I quickly signed up to foster and our family has happily been able to foster twice. It has been such a rewarding experience to be able to provide a safe and loving (temporary) home for these dogs while their owners fought for our country! Thank you so much GASP for remembering the "other" family members of our troops!!

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