While we are honoring fallen military today, we should also remember an issue that animal lovers on active duty must deal with: how to take care of their pets when they are deployed. Back in the days of Desert Storm, there was no contingency plan for pet parents who were called to serve, and many of them had to give up their cats and dogs to shelters. A depressing amount of these pets were euthanized while their humans were serving their country. Fortunately, things are different today, although not everyone is aware of the options. That is why I am making this post today. I hope you spread the word that there are groups that will help find fosters for pets of military personnel. Here are some of them:
NetPet.org’s MilitaryPetsFOSTER Project©
They will help place any pet — cat, dog, bird, horse, etc. — belonging to military personnel. They are also recognized by the US Department of Defense as their Pet Assistance Provider.
Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet
In addition to helping find foster homes for pets of deployed soldiers, this organization also helps emergency cases, when a soldier or veteran is under financial hardship and risks having to give up their pet.
Operation Noble Foster
This one is my favorite because they specialize in cat fostering!
Please visit these sites. Consider becoming a foster. Donate if you can. And make sure you share information about these groups with everyone you know! No one should ever have to relinquish their pet to a shelter because their country needs them.