Tails from the Front Line

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National Volunteer Recognition Week: Spotlight on Heather O’Brien

Volunteers at Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet are the backbone of our organization.  We would not be here without the Foster Homes who open their homes to caring for a soldier’s pet… but it is our State, Regional and National Support Teams who make the organization run.  They dedicate hours of their time each month to make phone calls, set up appointments, file paperwork, and go out into the community to spread the word about what we do.   National Volunteer Recognition Week is April 6-13 and during this time we are going to highlight seven individuals who have gone above and beyond in 2013 for Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet.   It is our way of shinning the spotlight on their achievements, actions and accomplishments.   To start things off, let us tell you about Heather O’Brien…

Heather O’Brien is the organization’s Central and Northwest Regional Directors.  She always goes above and beyond, accepts additional responsibilities, provides excellent customer service to our clients and Foster Homes plus maintains communication with state level volunteers within her two regions (Central and NW).  She follow-ups on any cases where there may be an issue, maintains open communications with the National office, follows and adheres to the organization’s official policies and processes, and always submits the Volunteer Service Hours and Monthly Activity Reports in a timely manner. She has been a state level volunteer a few years ago, left for personal reasons and then returned as a volunteer with Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet as the IA Foster Coordination Liaison on August 16, 2012 and then last year moved up to Regional Director.

We asked Heather, why she decided to volunteer with the organization, and this is what she said:

I joined the organization because of my love for animals and my respect for the military instilled in me by my father who volunteered for two deployments to Vietnam during the Vietnam War with the Marines as a radioman. The organization has allowed me to put these two items together to help the military and their pets.”

Thank you Heather for your time, dedication, continued efforts and passion towards the organization.  You are a wonderful team member and we thank you for all that you do.


National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet like many “All Volunteer” 501c3 nonprofit organizations are only able to operate and accomplish its mission due to the generosity, time, and energy provided by those who wish to make a difference in our society. All of our volunteers are deeply appreciated and are critical in the daily operations of our organization. They are dedicated 150% to supporting our military service member, veterans and their pets.

As a small token of the hard work and dedication these volunteers provide, we simply want to say “Thank you” to the following volunteers.

  • Donna (TX)
  • Cherie (TX)
  • Lynne (AL)
  • Kim (NV)
  • Catherine (CA)
  • Liz (TN)
  • Nancy (MN)
  • Amanda (IN)
  • Cari (MS)
  • Carol (IN)
  • Courtney (AZ)
  • Susan (MO)
  • Lindsay (CA)
  • Alison (WI)
  • Cindy (NC)
  • Janna (WA)
  • Kim (LA)
  • Shawna (TN)
  • Madolyn (TX)
  • Sandy (WI)
  • Heather (IA)
  • Matthew (IA)
  • Tonya (MO)
  • JoAnn (PA)
  • Megan (TN)
  • Marlous (TX)
  • Victoria (MI)
  • Jessica (VA)
  • Linda (TX)
  • Tammy (WI)
  • Sally (MN)

Announcement: New Regional Directors Provide Better Customer Service to our MSM’s

All volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit military and veteran service organization cares for military and veterans’ companion pets.

Gatesville, TX, January 8, 2013 – Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet© announces organizational changes to better serve and assist the military communities around the country with the addition of the Regional Director volunteer position.

This new role was established to provide additional assistance and guidance to our state level coordination volunteers currently in place plus oversee the efforts within the states assigned to a specific region.

In addition, the Regional Directors will act as a liaison between the State Support Teams in their respective region and the organization’s National Office plus the National Staff, providing a higher level of service to our Clients, their beloved furbabies, foster home volunteers plus our state level volunteers across the country.

The newly appointed Regional Directors for the organization are as follows:

Central Region: Heather O’Brien
IA, KS, NE, ND, and SD

Southern Region: Cherie Boudreaux
: AZ, LA, NM, and TX

Southeastern Region: Shawna Michaud
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN

Eastern Region: JoAnn Pilston
Covering: DE, NJ, PA, WV

About Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet©:
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, services, and capital projects. For more information about who we are, our programs/projects, and ways to help, visit

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