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Corrie

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization. We found out my husband would be off to Afghanistan in 3 weeks for about 14 months just 5 days after we had found out I was pregnant with our third (surprise!) child. We were living over an hour away from my place of employment and my children's school so it was decided my children and I would stay with my parent's during the week and at home on the weekends. This meant keeping our two dogs during the time of deployment would be impossible as my mom could not take them and they couldn't be home alone 5 days a week. Giving them away or taking them to a shelter was out of the question as they are part of our family and that would have devestated my children.

Originally my inlaws stepped in and volunteerd to keep the dogs for the entire deployment but 3 months into it they decided they could no longer keep their commitment and abruptly told me to come pick up the dogs and would not keep them even for a couple of days so I could find alternate arrangements. I cannot tell you what turmoil this caused in my already super chaotic world.

Desperate I turned to one of the SSGs of my husbands home unit to see if he knew of anyone that could help me out. He went on Google and found GASP. I filled out an application that night and had a response from them the next morning. I had asked that my dogs be kept together if at all possible but I would be willing to split them up if necessary. I was advised it would probably be very difficult to keep them together but they would see what they could do. Within an hour I got another email from GASP letting me know they had found someone who would take both my dogs and they got me in touch with her that day.

Our Angel is Barb. She stepped in and took my dogs into her home as if they were her own. She never accepted a dime from me for anything (I tried really hard, trust me), sent me updates and pictures frequently and let me and the kids come visit the "furry" kids whenever we could. To this day, Barb is still a very important part of our family. She will take the dogs whenever we go on vacation and we keep in touch frequently. She will be in our lives forever.

I can never thank GASP and Barb enough for everything they did for me an my family during a very difficult time in our lives. Thank God for organizations like this that allow families to keep their animals during a very stressful time and thank God for people like Barb, who open their hearts and homes to our pets as if they were their own.

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

California

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

Not change a thing

Role:  Client Served & used GASPs services.