Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Give Thanks On Memorial Day

A old post on dogs in war and the soldiers that handled them. Notice all the pits!

Consider fostering the dog, cat, or other small animal for a soldier while they are deployed overseas.  The most excellent Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet (GASP) is a reliable organization (click the link or the logo in the left column of this blog).  Here is an interview I did with them a couple of years back which explains exactly what they do. You would do a great service to a soldier by giving them enormous peace of mind while they are working on behalf of our country. So many feel they have no option but to bring their dog to a shelter. Owner surrenders are put down first, since the shelter knows no one is looking for them. You would be making a lasting contribution and not only saving a pet's life, but helping to preserve the mental well being of the soldier. There have been many happy reunions thanks to GASP.

Other old posts about the value of the relationship between dogs and soldiers:

Dogs helping soldiers cope.
Dogs helping soldiers stay alive.
Dogs helping soldiers cope AND stay alive.

Have a Happy Memorial Day!  Please give thanks to those who have made our lives possible by making the ultimate sacrifice for others.