‘Guardian Angels’ Look Out for Soldiers’ Dogs

Network of volunteers provides temporary foster care for dogs and cats.

Posted: January 29, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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Carole Olmedo and Linda Spurlin-Dominik oversee a network of foster home caregivers dedicated to looking after the cats and dogs of soldiers who need a temporary home for their furry friends during deployment.

The nonprofit organization Guardian Angels for Soldiers’ Pet formed in 2005 in Hot Springs, Ark., after the founders learned that military service members across the country were struggling to find people to look after their pets while they served abroad. The mission of GASP is to find volunteers who can provide suitable foster homes while soldiers are deployed, in training, or in rehabilitation.

Since the program was established, Spurlin-Dominik says Gasp has grown quickly

As of Dec. 31, 2008, there were 45 pets in the foster home program. Once soldier and pet are reunited after the foster term, the event is considered a mission accomplished.

Foster care terms average from six to 15 months. In most cases, the dog or cat owner covers related costs, such as food, grooming, and medical when needed.

By supporting the military, veterans, and their beloved pets, Spurlin-Dominik says, the organization does its part to help deployments go more smoothly.

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FORREST (WOODY)   BOULDER, CO

8/6/2010 1:35:52 PM

I,AND MY DAUGHTER WORK FOR SOLDER'S ANGELS, SPECIFICALLY THE VETERANS SUFFERING FROM PTSD. WE ARE ALSO INTERESTED IN SERVING MILITARY OVERSEAS IN THE COMBAT ZONES, AS WE HAVE TWO GRAND SONS IN THAT AREA NOW. CARE OF THEIR PETS WHILE ABSENT IS OF CONCERN TO US ALSO. WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR VOLUNTEERS FOR A FUTURE REFERENCE TO OUR GUYS IN THE DENVER AREA WHO MIGHT NEED PET CARE WHILE THEY ARE IN THE 7 WEEK PROGRAM FOR PTSD TREATMENT.

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Song   Wausau, WI

3/28/2010 6:45:41 PM

To the soldier soon to be deployed. Trust your instincts. There are still good people out there who will care for your dog. Is there anyway you can know the person you are leaving your dog with? If so, try to find a way to keep in touch. It will ease some of your tension at least knowing you can touch base once in a while. In the mean time, your dog is a faithful friend, and unconditionally he/she will be waiting for you to come home so don't give up on it yet. Good luck and I'm proud to support all soldiers whenever I can.

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soldier   clarksville, TN

3/26/2010 10:04:24 AM

Reading this comments have me worried. Im getting ready to deploy and i looking at using the services from SoldiersAnglesforsoldierPets. now im confused and dont know what to believe.

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Carol   St.Clair Shores, MI

3/24/2010 10:37:02 AM

AMEN

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