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Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet

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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 July 31, 2018 - 8 pets currently fostered through our Foster Home program with 735 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

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

1 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

1 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.

1

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.

1 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!!!

1 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.

Linda S.2

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.

1

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!