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Help Us “Raise the Roof” and Build a National Office

Since Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet began in January 2005, our “day-to-day operations” have been handled in the CEO’s residence (55-60% of home). Now in 2017 it is time we are working toward establishing an official “national office” to handle these operations with an actual volunteer “Admin Staff” to assist the organization’s CEO.

Today though we are waiting from an estimated cost for a 14’ x 30’ Leland “Chisholm Trail Cabin” from what we know we feel we are at the point that we can officially establish an official “Capital Campaign” to make this project a reality in order to raise $35,000.

Besides being able to have an “Admin Staff” having a separate building, we can meet with other volunteers involved with fundraising in Central TX for the other MVP Sanctuary projects; meet with members of the military and veteran communities and other interested parties. In addition we can plan for activities/events at the MVP Sanctuary.

Full details can be found on our website, including how you can get involved.

Make a donation to the Campaign, by clicking here.

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Two Days Left in 2013…

Like many other 501(c)3 nonprofits, we depend on the generosity of our supporters to keep the doors open to provide our programs to our Soldiers, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and their pets.

So before 2013 ends, we ask that you consider making a donation to financially support one of our programs.

Our Programs Include:

Donations made to Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet (Fed Tax ID: 20-2229425) are tax deductible as defined under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code and specific tax deductible related questions should be discussed with your personal tax advisor.

Our Affiliates include:

Even if you can’t give, we ask that you check out our website to learn about our Allocation of Donations.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to keep programs going for our military and their pets.

Wishing you a Happy and Safe New Year’s!

It’s the End of the Year…

and we need your help.  Like many other 501(c)3 nonprofits, we depend on the generosity of our supporters to keep the doors open to provide our programs to our Soldiers, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and their pets.

So this holiday season, we ask that you consider making a donation to financially support one of our programs.

Our Programs Include:

Donations made to Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet (Fed Tax ID: 20-2229425) are tax deductible as defined under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code and specific tax deductible related questions should be discussed with your personal tax advisor.

Our Affiliates include:

Even if you can’t give, we ask that you check out our website to learn about our Allocation of Donations.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to keep programs going for our military and their pets.

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Approves MVP Sanctuary – TX as an Affiliate

Gatesville, TX July 14, 2013 – Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Board of Directors announces they have approved MVP Sanctuary – TX to become an affiliated entity under the organization’s IRS “Group Exemption Letter” (GEL) effective retroactively back to July 1, 2013.

In February 2007, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet announced a new major project known as “Military, Veteran, and Pet” (MVP) Sanctuary.  In June 2010, land was purchased outside of Gatesville, TX to establish the first MVP Sanctuary and an official National office to handle the organization’s “day-to-day” operations.  In May 2013, the MVP Sanctuary Project Director presented a proposal to the Board recommending that the MVP Sanctuary project in TX be changed to be its own entity and known as the MVP Sanctuary – TX as of July 1, 2013.

In addition besides the MVP Sanctuary – TX developing, raising funds, implementing, and maintaining various projects, it will be involved with the following:

  1. Assisting with promoting the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet mission and programs.
  2. Establishing the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet National office and MVP Sanctuary – TX administrative office.
  3. Assist Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet “Foster Home” program via the private pet care facility when a short-term home-like environment needed where a foster home (Guardian Angel) is available when needed.
  4. Provide a caring and safe home-like environment via the private pet care facility for TX military and/or veterans’ pets on an emergency basis where care is needed for a period not to exceed 30 days.

“We look at this as an opportunity to further the organization’s mission in the state of Texas by giving additional support to the military and veteran community.” said Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Board President, Jessica Semon.

Linda Spurlin-Dominik, MVP Sanctuary – TX Board President/CEO added, “Once we have our committees in place to develop, raise the necessary funds, and implement the various projects to enhance the property, we look forward to better serving the community by having events and providing a safe and welcoming place for military, veterans, their families, and pets to spend time together.”

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is an ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit “Military & Veterans Service Organization” (MVSO) supporting our active duty Military, Wounded Warriors, homeless Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment related to a combat or peace-keeping or humanitarian mission  or unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship situation through various programs.

To learn more about Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet visit www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org and like them on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook 

MVP Sanctuary – TX is an ALL volunteer 501c3 Military & Veteran Support Organization (MVSO) for honoring, remembering, and supporting our active duty military, wounded warriors, veterans, their families, and beloved pets through various activities and events at the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet TX property.

To learn more about the MVP Sanctuary – TX visit www.mvpsanctuary.org and “like” them on Facebook.

MVP Sanctuary – Texas: New Nonprofit Organization Honoring, Remembering, and Supporting the Texas Military and Veteran Community

Gatesville, TX July 1, 2013 – MVP Sanctuary – TX was incorporated as an ALL volunteer nonprofit public charity effective July 1, 2013.  MVP Sanctuary – TX primary mission is to honor, remember, and support our Texas active duty military, wounded warriors, veterans, their families, and their pets by developing and raising the funds to implement and maintain various projects at the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet property located at 9725 FM 1783 outside of Gatesville, TX in Coryell Country off of FM 116 and approximately 14 miles west of Fort Hood.

The projects currently planned at the property are:

  1. private pet care facility;
  2. three memorial gardens;
  3. fishing pond and picnic areas;
  4. Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet National office and MVP Sanctuary – TX administration office;
  5. covered pavilions for events;
  6. designated areas for family activities; and
  7. assistance canine training facility.

In addition, MVP Sanctuary – TX will be working with Guardian Angels for Soldier’s promoting their mission and assisting via the private pet care facility when they have a need for a short term caring and safe home-like environment for pets going through their Foster Home program.

According to Linda Spurlin-Dominik, President/CEO, the 2013 Board of Directors include:

  • Courtney Hilborn of Fallbrook, CA as Vice President,
  • Janet Ward of Gatesville TX as Secretary,
  • Cherie Boudreaux of San Antonio TX as Treasurer, and
  • Nancy Emma of San Antonio TX as Director.

Volunteers are needed to help with the organization’s administration work (2 volunteers), outreach and fundraising committees (4-5 volunteers per committee), and on-site maintenance Leader and crew at the property.  The various volunteer opportunities are provided via the organization’s website or by contacting Linda Spurlin-Dominik, President/CEO by calling 254-423-4527 or email info@mvpsanctuary.org.

MVP Sanctuary – TX is an ALL volunteer 501c3 Military & Veteran Support Organization (MVSO) for honoring, remembering, and supporting our active duty military, wounded warriors, veterans, their families, and beloved pets through various activities and events at the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet TX property.

To learn more about the MVP Sanctuary – TX and ways to help visit their website at www.mvpsanctuary.org and “like” them on Facebook.

Visitors at National Headquarters

Carol and Daisy

Our National Volunteer Director, Carol (from Indiana) and her husband John got the opportunity to visit our National Headquarters in Gatesville, TX and meet our CEO.  As a virtual volunteer organization our volunteers are all over the country, so it’s a treat when they get to visit our headquarters.

Here is Carol in front of the property with Daisy.

Veteran Sells Golf Balls to Support MVP Sanctuary Project

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Isaiah Knott of Montrose, CO who raised $212 by selling used golf balls at a golf tournament held recently at the Montrose Black Canyon Golf Course.

Per to Mr. Knott his efforts could not have been accomplished without the support of Mr. Parish owner of Paris Oil (tournament sponsor), Neil Vance (tournament director), and Ken Brown (golf course professional).  Mr Knott plans to continue selling the used golf balls at future tournaments with the proceeds going to Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet.

According to Mr. Knott “I believe this is a worthy project that helps the military personnel keep their pets whey they are not able to care for them.”  The funds raised by Mr. Knott have been allocated to our first MVP Sanctuary project in Gatesville, TX  According to Linda Spurlin-Dominik, Founder/CEO “with continued support and help with raising funds and donations toward the project by individuals such as Mr. Knott, businesses, and other organizations by Veterans Day 2012 we hope to have the funds to begin work on the 5900 SF building for the 30 private pet care suites and the organization’s official National office”.

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Announces Partnership with Morton Buildings, Inc.

Gatesville, TX, March 19, 2011 – Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet announced that they have partnered with Morton Buildings, Inc as the builder and Project Team for the 5,900 SF private pet care facility and the organization’s official national office as part of the TX MVP Sanctuary project in Gatesville, Texas.

“We are grateful and excited to be working with Morton Buildings, Don Wagner, Sales/Project Manager and his team members,” said CEO and Founder, Linda Spurlin-Dominik. “We believe that this will be a great partnership.”

The TX MVP Sanctuary project will allow the organization to provide a caring, loving, and safe temporary home-like environment where an individual foster home is not available to care for the pet/pets to meet the deploying pet owner’s time line. The property was purchased in June 2010 and the temporary headquarters established on the property in August 2010.

About Morton Buildings:
Morton Buildings, Inc., is America’s leader in post-frame construction. They operate over 100 construction centers, six manufacturing plants and have sales offices in 36 states. For over 100 years, Morton Buildings has provided quality and service to people looking for an attractive, long-lasting building. Because Morton utilizes post-frame construction methods, you get the flexibility you want and need in a building. With offices located across the country, Morton can construct your horse barn, garage, storage building, commercial building, farm storage building or home. From simple to complex projects, we have the experience to make your building dreams come true. Visit their website at: www.mortonbuildings.com.

About Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet:
Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is an ALL volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit military support organization supporting military service members, veterans and their beloved pets through various programs aimed at reuniting the pet(s) and owners following deployment or an emergency hardship. For more information on Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, please visit www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org.

For full details about the TX MVP Sanctuary project or making a donation towards this project, please visit www.mvpsanctuary.org.

A special Thank You for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice…

We at Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet are constantly reminded of the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make on a daily basis to protect our freedom.   We have set aside a portion of the MVP Sanctuary land as a spot to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  This “Honor and Remember” Garder will have an official dedication/recognition sometime between April 2011 and May 2011.   There will be a US Flag obtained in the service member’s name and planting of the dedicated Yellow Rose Tree in their honor.

The service members below will be part of the first group of Yellow Rose Trees planted on the property.

PFC Austin Staggs
Fort Worth, TX
U. S. Army
1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment,
4th Brigade Combat Team,
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault),
Fort Campbell KY
Date Gave All: 29 November 2010 (Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan)
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PFC Scott Barnett
Concord, CA
U.S. Army
412th Aviation Support Battalion, 12 Combat Aviation Brigade
Date Gave All: 28 January 2010 (Tallil, Iraq)
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Cpl Tyler S Trovillion
Richardson, TX
U.S. Marines
1st BN, 5th Marines DIV, 1 Marines Expeditionary Forces
Date Gave All: 15 June 2005 (Near Ramadi, Iraq)

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