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.
I was not aware of them. We have a now adopted dog that began as a military foster. But we are stil able to send news of her to her first family.
That’s wonderful, that these organizations will provide foster homes. Great post, this is info people need to know about.
What a unique Memorial Day post. Thank you for this.
A lovely tribute my friend.
Harry Spotter says
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Sparkle, thanks for letting us know about these organizations! We will check them out and see what we can do to help!
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Cat Lady Diary says
Thanks Sparkle, I will FB it to help spread the word!
A wonderful post, Sparkle..
Katnip Lounge says
These are great organizations! Thanks for the information. Fighting a war is enough to worry about, you shouldn’t have to worry about your pet, too.
The Creek Cats says
Happy Memorial Day, furiends!
Most excellent information. You should post it in a prominent place lest people forget.
Daisy the Curly Cat says
What a timely post, Sparkle. I did not know about those organizations before. Thanks for sharing!
Harry Spotter says
Great tribute! Happy Memorial Day to you too.
This is very wonderful of you Sparkle.
Happy Memorial Day
That is a wonderful post about all those places. It is sad when the people serving our country have to give up their animals. We sure are glad to know that maybe they can put their animals.
Have a super day.
The Island Cats says
Those are great organizations!! We’ll ask our mom to donate some $$$ to them!
Forever Foster says
Thankyou, Sparkle. It is so important that people know there are options. We are lucky when our dad is deployed, because we’ve got mum here. Some of dad’s friends have really had to struggle to get their animals a place to stay, and then worry about them when they are away. It’s not fair.
What wonderful organizations! Our cousin Wafer came and stayed with family here while his daddy was in Iraq but I’m sure there are many pets without family to stay with. . . we’re going to see if Momma will sign up as a foster mom!
Dahlia P. Kittenface says
Thank you, Sparkle! This is great to know, and we’ll spread the word!
Sniffie and the Florida Furkids says
A few years ago, we fostered a sweet little girl kitty named Mila through Operation Noble Foster. It was a great experience and her Daddy was very happy to know his little girl was taken care of. Since his return, we’ve remained friends.
Sniffie and the Florida Furkids
Fuzzy Tales says
Oh, that’s wonderful that there are volunteer organizations to help foster! I wonder if there is something similar here in Canada….
Enjoy your holiday Monday!