Sincere thanks to The Barry Robinson Center in Norfolk, VA for their efforts in supporting our mission this past Thursday and Friday. During their 2 day “Forward March” conference in Fayetteville, NC they held an hourly drawing where the winner could select one of the listed military family based charities which included Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet. Each charity chosen from the list receives $50 when chosen. Last word yesterday from Dr. Brooks was that we had been chosen several times and monies would be sent to our national office next month.
100% of the monies received will be allocated to our “Military Pet Assistance” (MPA) fund program. For more information on MPA, please visit http://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/military-pet-assistance/mpa-overview/.
The MPA funds are primarily used in support of our Homeless Veterans’ beloved pets who need veterinarian care (including, but not limited to, being spayed/neutered, brought current on shots, Heartworm tested (negative results), and being micro-chipped, plus 6 months of Heartworm/Flea/Tick meds) plus sometimes temporary boarding of the pet or pets while the appropriate Foster Coordination Liaison (FCL) volunteer can determine a potential foster home(s) for the pet or pets and both parties are in agreement (pet owner comfortable leaving their pets with a specific foster home and the foster home feels comfortable foster the specific pet or pets). Thus far in 2014 we have disbursed $4,500 covering such items as temporary boarding, needed veterinarian care, and grooming related expenses. The funds are disbursed directly to the service provider, no funds are disbursed directly to our clients.
The Barry Robinson Center has been in existence for 81 years and is a nonprofit children’s charitable foundation which operates a treatment center for children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders including children from military families. Last year instead of giving out coffee mugs at their conferences they concentrated their efforts on raising money for military family support organizations. As they began this year’s conference, Dr. Brooks came across our organization, spoke with the center’s director about us and after legal verification, Dr. Brooks added our organization to their list of charities.
We are extremely grateful to The Barry Robinson Center for their help and support.