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Soldier’s Pets Find a Home Away from Home

Reunited after 18 months in Iraq. Photo: Courtesy of Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet

In the past, soldiers without family or friends to care for their cats and dogs were often forced to surrender their pets to a shelter. Luckily, thanks to a nonprofit organization called Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet (GASP), that’s changed.

Since 2005, GASP has placed 100 soldiers’ pets in loving foster homes across the country. GASP founder and CEO Linda Spurlin-Dominik tells Paw Nation that the organization currently keeps tabs on 67 military pets in foster care. When soldiers return, they are reunited with their furry family members.

Most fostered pets are cats and dogs, but ferrets and rabbits have also been cared for by GASP volunteers. The organization screens potential foster homes to ensure that soldiers’ pets end up in safe, loving environments until they can be returned to their owners. Usually, foster homes are within a two-hour drive of the owner’s home, Spurlin-Dominik says. But in cases where local foster families aren’t available, pet transport volunteers have ferried pets across state lines to make sure they find a caring household. “The objective is to place the pet in a home similar to what they’re used to,” she says.

Soldiers provide funds to cover feeding and vet expenses while they’re away and they set up a billing account to cover any emergency medical treatment in case their pet falls ill. In some cases, GASP also provides financial assistance with vet bills and housing. Most soldiers have a chance to meet their pets’ foster families before they depart, and foster families keep soldiers’ spirits up by sending photos and update letters about their furry friends.

When a military member’s orders change on short notice, or pet-care plans fall through at the last minute, GASP will pay to board the pets until a suitable foster home is located, Spurlin-Dominik explains.

Before heading to war, military members prepare a will instructing what should happen to their pets if they don’t make it home safely. In some cases, they allow willing foster families to keep the pet. Fortunately, though, that hasn’t happened yet, according to Spurlin-Dominik. So far, 33 former foster pets have been reunited with their owners after they’ve returned from battle.

She recalls a soldier who was reunited with his two dogs after having served 18 months overseas. “The dog was all stretched out on the couch when the owner came in. He perked up his ears. When the owner called his name, the dog went ballistic. I can attest that they do not forget their owners,” she tells Paw Nation. “As one soldier told me, having his two dogs back was a tremendous help for him to transition back into a non-war environment. He just had comfort having his dogs with him.”

Interested in assisting Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet or applying to be a foster family? Visit their website to learn more about volunteer and donation options.

by Kirsten Taylor – Aug 27th 2009 5:00PM – PawNation.com

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Homeless With Pets – Choosing Pets Over Shelter

Choosing Pets Over Shelter

We Are Taking Action to Help Pets of the Homeless, by Supplying Pet Food and Veterinarian Care


Feeding Pets of the Homeless
is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinarian care to the homeless and less fortunate in local communities across the United States and Canada.  How? Our volunteers collection sites receive donated pet food and deliver it to food banks and/or soups kitchens which have agreed to distribute the food to the homeless and impoverished.
Our headquarters are in Carson City, Nevada and it is from here that we coordinate and support our volunteer collection sites.
We collect cash donations, we purchase pet food, distribute grant applications to veterinarians, and other nonprofit organizations that meet our objectives, we review and award grants, and we provide marketing materials and promote the organization on behalf of our collection sites to the national media.  

Become a collection site or sponsor one today. 

Mission Statement:

Through Feeding Pets of the Homeless, we will do our part to help reduce hunger in pets that belong to the homeless and the less fortunate and provide medical care for those pets in communities across the country.

We believe in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important to life.

Our actions include the following:

  1. Promote to veterinarians and pet related businesses the importance of joining the program
  2. Speak out on the issue of pets of homeless and the disadvantaged
  3. Campaign to food distributing organizations the importance of distributing pet food to the less fortunate
  4. Provide grants to licensed veterinarians and other nonprofit organizations that meet our objectives to administer medical care to pets of the homeless.

To view our Annual Report click here.

“The response from the public has been phenomenal.”

– Genevieve Frederick, Executive Director and Founder (click name to email)

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How do you choose between shelter and a best friend? This is the impossible decision pet-lovers face when losing their homes. Since most shelters don’t allow animals, homeless people with pets often elect to stay on the streets rather than part with their four-legged companion… a decision that can be dangerous when the elements become harsh.

Indeed, pets can be a key reason that homeless people choose living on the streets over shelters. The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that between five and ten percentof homeless people have an animal companion (although this has never been formally surveyed). Yet, only two (yes, just 2!) pet-friendly homeless shelters exist in the United States (in Florida and California).

The benefits of having a pet are significant, particularly for homeless people. Pets are non-judgmental and loyal, almost to a fault. They may serve as additional security and protection on the dangerous streets. And studies show that they contribute to the healing process for people with mental or physical illness. According to one expert:

In this very busy twentieth century, man is a lonely creature. There are too many alienated individuals who lack human companionship. They lack purpose and productivity. A simple addition to these lonely lives can sometimes accomplish major changes. The possession of a pet, who eagerly awaits one and responds to one’s care and attention, may mean the difference between maintaining contact with reality or almost total withdrawal into fantasy. Literally, a pet can occasionally represent the difference between life and death.

One organization, Feeding Pets of the Homeless, takes a different approach to this issue. Their take? “Pets of the homeless and disadvantaged do not choose their owners.” To ensure that pets of the homeless receive care and nourishment, they have established a coalition of food banks and veterinarians specifically for pets of the homeless. (Find out if your community is connected.)

Certainly, it’s important to ensure that the pets of homeless people receive adequate care. However, it is even more crucial to recognize that four-legged companions are a key part of a homeless person’s life, but may also create an impermeable barrier for the delivery of life-saving services to homeless people.

Sadly, it is unlikely that more pet-friendly shelters will materialize in the near future, given that many organizations are already struggling to meet the needs of homeless humans (although,Vancouver, BC is the proud new owner of such a shelter).

[Picture: Homeless man with dog from Feeding Pets of the Homeless.]

Shelter Sued for Banning Service Dogs

BY SHANNON MORIARTY

PUBLISHED JULY 20, 2009 @ 06:02AM PT

Viper is in frail health. She suffers from seizures, gets around in a wheelchair, and uses a catheter. Given her vulnerable condition, Viper is fortunate to have a service dog trained to help her detect and cope with seizures.

Yet, Viper lives on the streets. Simply because her service dog has been turned away from area shelters.

Since most shelters do not allow animals, homeless people with a four-legged friend often choose to live stay on the streets rather than part with their pet. But should homeless individuals with a life-threatening medical condition that requires the help of a service animal be forced to make this same decision?

The Housing Rights Center and the Disability Rights Legal Center certainly doesn’t think so. Last week the organization filed a lawsuit against several Los Angeles homeless shelters alleging that the Americans With Disabilities Act and fair housing laws do not allow discrimination against people just because they rely on service animals.

The service providers interviewed for the LA Times article said it can be difficult to accommodate animals – service or otherwise – in a shelter setting. According to the article, others may be “sleeping nearby who may be allergic or afraid of dogs.”

It would be easy to chastise the shelter in this situation for their apparent lack of concern for medically vulnerable individuals. But keep in mind that shelters are often understaffed and filled to the brims. In a place like LA, shelters beds are in such high demand that turning away a person in need of help is usually not a choice. In addition, as any shelter worker will tell you, managing an emergency shelter is akin to controlling imminent chaos.

While this perspective does not excuse a shelter from turning away a guest with a service animal, it provides a better understanding of the strains shelters face to meet the needs of a growing homeless population.

But just as Viper should not be sleeping on the streets, a homeless shelter is not an appropriate place for her either. Someone as medically vulnerable as Viper should be bypass shelter and go directly into permanent housing with a case manager. This is the only long-term arrangement that will ensure her medical needs are appropriately cared for.

As we move towards a prevention/rapid-rehousing model for providing homeless services, I hope this conversation about service animals in shelters becomes obsolete.

Does the woman in this LA Times photo look familiar? It’s Viper, one of the stories captured by Mark Horvath during his Road Trip, U.S.A. tour. Watch her story here.

The “ex”-Middle & Upper Class Homeless

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Labrador Retriever – Still America’s Favorite Dog

1990s & 2000s: Labrador Retrievers

Bill Clinton’s Chocolate Lab, Buddy, remained his buddy even during the dark days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Despite being portrayed as rambunctious in the book and film “Marley & Me,” the Lab remains the most popular dog in America today.

Because of their even temperament, they excel as guide dogs for the blind, as part of search-and-rescue teams, and with law enforcement.

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Chasing Juneau

A non-theological note on a very theological dog (He literally devoured the New Testament and several writings by Sproul). Juneau was killed when he ran under the prop of an airplane on August 21st, 2009.

Let me begin by saying the dog dies at the end of the story. I always read stories about dogs with hesitation, because I so dislike falling in love with the antics of the animal, only to finish the piece in tears when the dog peacefully falls asleep at its owner’s feet. Or, behind the woodstove in the case of Jack in “Little House in the Prairie.” There is no peaceful falling asleep here; it was violent and horrible. And yet I’m writing about it, trying to make some sense out of a “Life just happens…” event.

I despise clichés, but it is easiest explained to say I am walking through some very muddy waters in areas of my life right now. I am trying to let Christ carry me though them, but just like you probably do on occasion, I spend hours trying to get my own boots out of the muck instead of letting The One Who Isn’t Encumbered By Muck carry me. When I have been stuck (waist deep and refusing help) there has always been Juneau, swimming around me in the bog, trying to bark and carry someone else’s stolen shoe at the same time. He was a friend, a family member, and a picture of what I wished I could be a bit more like. Yes, I know he was “just” a dog, but he was a constant reminder to me to laugh, to play, to go riding on the ATV if for nothing but the pleasure of that great, black head resting on my shoulder as we checked fence lines.

Juneau - the black lab Juneau’s days were spent chasing hawks and vultures as they soared over the cliffs by our home. He loved it when Sam pulled out the blower, because it meant chasing the leaves and stirred-up grass. His tail provided him with endless hours of pleasure – the toy that was always available to pursue if the hawks were sleeping in. Any work done around the house was made better by his company – changing the oil, mowing the lawn, doing school. He tore into the basement with anticipation of what he could destroy – in one day alone, he happily devoured a two pound Costco bag of chocolate truffles, a map of Wales, an airport approach book, and both a paper plate and the cookies that were on it. He did not eat the wax paper covering the cookies, but he gave it the old college try. I could write pages about the silly things he did – riding on the ATV, playing with his puppies, but it can be said most succinctly in this – Juneau was joy itself poured into a black coat.

When I read The Last Battle, CS Lewis’s picture of heaven made sense to me. Where a hundred theological statements had failed to paint eternity, Lewis broke through my foggy understanding with a mouse and Aslan. I suppose Christ’s creation just makes more sense to me through that portion he spent the first part of the sixth day on. Reepicheep was just a mouse – a vivid analogy of courage and faith. Remember when he gnawed away the cords that bound Aslan? Did you cheer when he challenged the dragon? And didn’t your heart go over the edge with him when he sailed away in his little coracle to Aslan’s Country? And didn’t you know you were going to have fun when you drove up to my house and Juneau ran to you, eyes merry, carrying something he had stolen from someone else to give you as a gift? Again, Juneau was “just” a dog. But like Lewis’s portrayal of Christ as the Lion, I was daily reminded of God’s gift to us of joy – a fruit of the spirit made flesh in a bumbling, magnificent Labrador Retriever.

I am sure to be making little sense as I write this, and I am also sure to offend many by drawing a comparison of a dog to something holy. It is difficult to type while crying, and even more difficult to share how much one dog can mean. No, I don’t worship animals – although I did live in Eugene long enough to see some pretty strange things. And I am not putting my dog on the level of a human, with his value more than, or even equal to, my husband or children. There will still be larger-than life moments in my world – a solo for one of the kids in a play, a ribbon from the State Fair, a special dinner to celebrate many years spent together. But I’m trying to imagine a night out on the deck without his 80-pound body wedging itself between David and me, and I’m not succeeding very well. How do you laugh at joy destroyed?
When I covered Juneau’s mangled body with a blanket, I understood the expression “He’s not with us anymore.” Animals, like people, seem smaller when they’ve died. Like the area the soul occupied is void – the balloon has popped, and there are wrinkles where the space was occupied by something larger than the lining. I’m not suggesting dogs have souls – why would they need them? They never questioned the One. If even the rocks would cry out and worship, where do you think dogs would be? At the front of the chorus, I am sure. I have no desire to debate whether animals go to heaven. I only know on that day when I face Christ, when He who died for my sins runs to embrace me, He will be missing his right sandal. And Juneau will be right behind him, carrying it in his big smiling mouth.

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MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

Zoey – here’s what you do when she’s at the computer.  Lay at her feet & be really quiet.  Then, stretch out & take a nap.  Wake up & lay at her feet & look up at her w/a really “woeful” look.  Do this a couple of times.  Then if she’s still ignoring you & continues “puttering”, sit up at attention & give her a quiet bark.  Make her feel really, really guilty.  I did this yesterday & it worked.  Mom looked at me and said, “You poor thing, I’ve been ignoring you.”  Then, she got up & took me outside & hooked up the sprinkler.   MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!  Your Doggie Buds,

September 19, 2009 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Pet Friendship and Love, pet fun, Pets | Leave a comment

How Cigarettes and Smoking Impact Your Pet’s Health

dog, pet, smokingA growing body of research shows there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke — for humans or for animals. And one new study shows that nearly 30 percent of pet owners live with at least one smoker — a number far too high given the consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS).

An estimated 50,000 Americans lose their lives to secondhand smoke annually and 4 million youth (16 percent) are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. A number of studies have indicated that animals, too, face health risks when exposed to the toxins in secondhand smoke, from respiratory problems, allergies and even nasal and lung cancer in dogs and lymphoma in cats.

In addition, the ASPCA, one of the largest animal rights groups in the U.S., lists tobacco smoke as a toxin that is dangerous to pets. Said Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, medical director of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center:

“Nicotine from secondhand smoke can have effects to the nervous systems of cats and dogs. Environmental tobacco smoke has been shown to contain numerous cancer-causing compounds, making it hazardous for animals as well as humans.”

In order to better protect dogs, cats or other pets, the foundation and ASPCA recommend that smokers — who often consider their domestic pets a part of the family — “take it outside” when they are smoking.

Source: Dr. Becker

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September 17, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rescue Link Unleashed – New National Geographic Program

Meet eight tattooed tough guys who are committed to rescuing New York City’s abused animals. Series Premiere September 25, 2009 on National Geographic

Rescue Ink Unleashed on Nat Geo

TCA Press Tour: National Geographic’s ‘Rescue Ink Unleashed’

rescueinkThe members of Rescue Ink. Photo: National Geographic channel

Animals are always a big hit at press tour, but when they come accompanied by larger-than-life, tattooed humans, how can the National Geographic Channel go wrong?

Here in the fancy ballroom to promote “Rescue Ink Unleashed,” which premieres Sept. 25, were Big Ant, Johnny O, Joe Panz and Eric, members of Rescue Ink,  the most unique animal rescue group that conceivably exists. These are reformed bad guys who love animals and have dedicated their lives to rescuing them from abuse and “educating” their owners, whatever that takes.

Who is Joe Panz? The leader of Rescue Ink, who comes from a family of animal lovers and rescuers and used to get in a lot of trouble. He has many scars but only one that he Crazy-Glued himself: the one on his chest. Ten years ago, he survived being shot five times and decided to turn to his love of animals to change his life.

Big Ant? A 320-pound Harley-loving and father who happens to be very funny.

Johnny O? A 6’2″ father of two teenagers who once was an alcoholic and now is trained in martial arts.

Eric? A new member of the group, he is a 230-pound menacing man who is not afraid to spend time with small dogs. (He had one on his lap during the entire session).

After The New York Times wrote about the organization, National Geographic approached the men about documenting their work for a series.

“They are a group of homegrown rescuers who are doing things no other group was doing,” said executive producer Kim Woodard. “We approached them and told them we thought they were doing something special … Not only do they take on cases no other group does, they go in and address animal abusers and educate them about what they should be doing differently. Because of their street smarts, they are able to talk to people in a different way and people are able to change their ways.”

The process works this way, Panz said. Complains are lodged on the group’s website. If an investigation is warranted, a retired homicide detective who is part of the organizations runs a criminal background on the pet owner. Then Panz and the other members discuss the situation and determine how many people should respond to the scene. If they remove a pet from a household, they take the animal to the vet for evaluation and then determine whether it should be placed in a foster home for potential adoption or at a sanctuary for aggressive animals. All expenses are covered by the members and through donations.

Asked if the cameras makes pet owners behave a certain way, Panz said the rescuers behave the same way with or without the cameras. Pet owners are filmed if they allow it.

“We do have to worry about the safety of the camera people,” he said.

“If we showed up at your door, would it matter if we had cameras?” Big Ant said, drawing laughs from the TV critics. “They ought to be happy the cameras are there!”

Do the rescuers teach through intimidation only, or does it sometimes go further?

“It’s an in-your-face approach within the means of law,” Johnny O said.

“We can’t rescue animals if we’re sitting in a jail cell,” Big Ant noted.

— Maria Elena Fernandez

Credit: National Geographic Channel

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Why You Should Always Carry Your Camera…

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CA Action: Puppy Mill Bill + 2 More Bills Await Governor’s Okay!

ASPCA Urgent Alert

Dear California Advocates,

Good news! Three important bills that the ASPCA has been fighting for in California have finished their journeys through the State Legislature:

Assembly Bill 241, a.k.a. the Responsible Breeder Act, will limit the number of intact adult animals that pet-breeding facilities are permitted to own.
Assembly Bill 1122 would prohibit the sale of animals on streets and in other public spaces. (It exempts legitimate adoption events.)
Senate Bill 135 would prohibit the docking of cows’ tails.

All that is required for each of these bills to become state law is Governor Schwarzenegger’s signature.

What You Can Do

Take a few minutes today to contact Governor Schwarzenegger to ask him to sign these three bills into law.
Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office: (916) 445-2841

If you’d like to learn more about each bill, or see our tips on what to say when you call, please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online.

Thank you for your help advancing this humane legislation—we’re just one step away from victory!

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Burnt Offering: Leo Grillo Defines What Makes America Great

I would like to take a few moments of your time dear readers, away from the fray of politics, and give some awareness to what makes our country great. Our citizens.

Yes, it is not the Congress or the Senate or the President who make America great, it’s the people — people from all over this great land who give of themselves and make a difference. I used to love listening to the late Paul Harvey. He would take an individual or incident and then surprise us with “the rest of the story” — something we didn’t know about or pay attention to but that had made a difference in our lives…

leo-pitLeo Grillo and friend

I would like to speak of an actor, an actor who most do not know, and not because of a lack of talent. Thirty years ago he made a decision, or should I say, a decision was thrust on him, and his life took a different path.

Leo Grillo had always wanted to act. He majored in theater at Emerson College and came out West to study with the legendary acting coach Charles Conrad before starting work as an actor. He lived in a small apartment with his three cats and his dog Delta, who he had rescued in the mountains of Los Angeles.

One afternoon, wanting to take Delta for a run, Leo drove to a forested area and what would happen next changed the course of his life, and many others. While Leo and Delta jogged along a trail, 35 abandoned and starving dogs came out and approached them. Realizing these dogs had not eaten in weeks, Leo came back with food, and a strange thing happened when he saw the love and thanks these helpless and unwanted animals gave him.

That night Leo went home, but the outpouring of love and gratitude these dogs gave him weighed on his soul and he could do nothing less than come back every day to feed and care for them. He also called every municipal, state and national organization that supposedly assisted abandoned animals but met a dead end. Finally, without financial help from any governmental agency, Leo was able to continue caring for the dogs himself, even buying antibiotics to put in their food during an outbreak of distemper – and if one of the animals got real sick, he took them to a vet.

Before he knew it, Leo had 250 dogs he was caring for.

Acting took a back seat. He had found another calling.

This happened 30 years ago this week and today these animals are known as Leo’s children, because he views them as such. Today, Leo is the founder and President of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the first and largest no–kill, care-for-life sanctuary of its kind in the world, with over 1000 dogs and over 500 cats!

While he may not be a household name as an actor, he is known, loved, and respected by all true animal lovers. He may also be feared because Leo will take on any one or any agency when it comes to the welfare of animals – and believe me, he has, I know this for a fact. I also know that this is an authentic person who walks the walk. I have personally witnessed the care and empathy he has for these animals, which can best be described as a St. Francis kind of zeal and sincerity.

Leo and D.E.L.T.A. Rescue can be proud of many accomplishments above and beyond the caring of the unwanted. Their dedication to animal care has resulted in the first kidney dialysis program for dogs and cats at the University of California-UC Davis; a program which led to advances in medical care for humans. Leo invented the straw bale doghouse, a doghouse that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter (I know because I went in one to check it out). Today this innovation is promoted by the African Congress of Nations, Maneka Gandhi of India, and is used in Bosnia in their very first animal shelter.

Leo and D.E.L.T.A. sponsor the only wartime animal haven in Afghanistan for injured dogs and cats, and another of his projects is “Animals on the Edge,” which allows animals across the globe to receive Leo’s help. During the Reagan years Leo was responsible for saving 1,000 mustang horses when he put an ad in Variety asking if anyone could help him get in touch with the president (Reagan was a horse lover). Well, Washington responded and “Horse Rescue of America” was founded.

Today, Leo assists Peter Goin with his photographic survey of the Santa Clara River, which runs over a hundred miles. This survey has helped fight the devastating wildfires that endanger California. Always in the thick of it, at times one may even mistake Leo for a firefighter on the evening news.

Leo has even produced a film called “Magic,” where Christopher Lloyd plays the voice of a dog — an angel come to help a father and daughter in distress. This film should help to create a culture change in how animals are perceived.

This is just a taste of what Leo and D.E.L.T.A. have done for both people and animals. A full accounting would be too numerous to list because he is one of those Americans with the passion to act and not wait for the government to do something. He also inspires others to act.

When Leo brought the idea of a pet tax exemption to my attention, I took the idea to Congressman McCotter. Today “The Happy Act,” HR 3501, is a bill currently making its way through Congress that will allow for owners to deduct their pets (www.petexemption.org) from their taxes.

The greatness of our country comes from the will, know-how and passion of our people. So join me in congratulating Leo Grillo and D.E.L.T.A. Rescue for their 30 years of outstanding accomplishments.

Happy anniversary to Leo, a great American and devoted father to 10 year old Meguire…

And now you know the rest of the story.

by Robert Davi –  Big Hollywood

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Adopting a four-legged veteran

Benny was declared “excess” by the military and scheduled to be euthanized by January, according to his military medical records.

Today, Benny — a spry German shepherd — is anything but excess to Debbie Kandoll, who found him during a determined search to adopt

Photo – GREG SOUSA / GOLDSBORO NEWS-ARGUS Benny, a former military working dog, was adopted after retirement.

a retired military working dog.

Even at the advanced dog age of 10, with degenerative bone disease, Benny has become an integral part of the Kandoll family since he was adopted from Langley Air Force Base, Va., on Jan. 4.

Kandoll, the wife of an Air Force Reserve officer currently on active duty, wants to get the word out to other military families and civilians that retired dogs are available for adoption at military working dog facilities across the country, as are some younger dogs who may have washed out of the program.

She has launched a Web site that includes phone numbers for 125 military working dog facilities.

The idea of supporting the troops, said Kandoll, who lives near Goldsboro, N.C., “should apply to all veterans, not just the human ones.”

Kandoll said she thought at first that she could adopt retired dogs only through the Defense Military Working Dog School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

“People should check with regional facilities to see what is available,” she said.

As for Benny, he’s thriving and his mobility has improved, she said — partly because he now gets to sleep on comfy pillows instead of concrete.

Although Benny is no longer on military patrols and sniffing for drugs, he is anything but retired. He visits hospitals, including the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Durham, N.C., as a certified therapy dog.

Kandoll and Benny make appearances at local events to raise awareness and encourage more civilians to adopt retired military working dogs.

Last year, 360 retired military working dogs were adopted or transferred to law enforcement agencies, according to officials at the Defense Military Working Dog School, with the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland.

Of those, 103 were transferred to law enforcement agencies, 139 were adopted at Lackland and the remaining dogs were adopted elsewhere, many likely by former military working dog handlers.

Under a law passed in 2000, dogs declared “excess” by the Defense Department can be adopted by law-enforcement agencies, prior military handlers and the general public.

“A lot of people still don’t know they can adopt dogs,” said Ron Aiello, founder of the U.S. War Dogs Association and a former military dog handler in Vietnam. “They don’t know dogs were used in Vietnam and that they are being used now. I’d like to see more veterans adopt military working dogs.”

Aiello said he works closely with Kandoll to provide information to people who want to adopt dogs. Interest has come from a number of Vietnam veteran dog handlers, many of whom had to leave their dogs behind in Vietnam.

He and Kandoll think adopting the dogs can be therapeutic for veterans.

By Karen Jowers – Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 24, 2008 11:00:42 EDT

Source:  Sean Hannity

Posted:  Just One More Pet

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pet Adoption, Pet Friendship and Love, Stop Euthenization, Success Stories, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments