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Review for Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet, Gatesville, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

the fact that they provided a temporary foster home for my two cats while I PCSed to Honduras.

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

Not a single change. They have ONE MISSION and it fils a void for existing service member. Sad thing is that incoming personnel may not be made aware of this organization ONLY because the recruiters are NOT aware. How many qualified service members are NOT enlisting because they can't find a temporary foster home for their beloved pet(s)?

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

CraigsList

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To volunteer on their behalf because it fills a void within the needs of existing service members and incoming personnel.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & I received a temporary foster home for my two cats while out of the country for 15 months.
 

Review for Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet, Gatesville, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!

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

They were able to contect me with a Foster Family for my two cats while I was sent abroad for one year.

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

Attempt to get more state and regional coordinators. I was lucky, but if I remember correctly, not every state had one. Some larger states need multiple coordinators. This is the important link to matching needs with foster homes.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Internet search

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To volunteer my home once I am in a stable situation to put other service members at ease while they are deployed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & I had a couple open up their home and foster my two cats for me for a year.