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Foster Homes Needed: Washington

Dog and cat friendly foster homes are needed in Washington State. If interested, please submit foster home required information by visiting our website.

Once your application is received, a state volunteer will provide more detail about the specific needs in your area.  Please share and spread the word about this need.
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Recruiting a few good men (and women) in the Northwest region

Discover why some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, they are volunteers. ~Anonymous

There is no greater joy in life than helping out someone in need, especially when that someone is military service members and their furry family members!  Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is an “all volunteer” run organization and we are extremely honored to devote our time and energy to help our military and their beloved pets.

We are currently looking for volunteers in the Northwest Region to help in a variety of different roles. We would love for you to join our team and make a difference in the lives of our military community who have sacrificed so much for our country.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Have a passion to help our military service members, veterans, and their beloved pets, plus work with others who share this passion. 
(personal opinion about the war should not affect your ability to support our Military)
  • Be a self-starter, have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills, plus able to work independently and as a “team” player
  • Follow and adhere to the organization’s mission, purpose, operating procedures, and organizational policies/guidelines
  • Comfortable using and access to MS office (especially Word and Excel)
  • Good and professional communication skills via the Internet, phone calls, and email
  • Previous experience in a specific volunteer role preferred
  • Understanding of the military community and ability to interact with our clients
  • Able to commit at least 1 year to the volunteer role

Click Here to Apply

Please contact volunteering@guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org with any questions or to get help in finding the perfect role for YOU.

We appreciate your consideration and hope to talk to you soon!

Foster Homes Needed: Washington and Oregon

Cat friendly foster homes are needed in Washington and Oregon.  If interested, please submit the foster home required application of interest by visiting our website.
Once your application is received, a state volunteer will provide more detail about the specific needs in your area.

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: Northwest Regional Director

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

Gatesville, TX, January 17, 2013 – In continuning with the development of the new Regional Director model the organization has previously announced, we are pleased to announce that Courtney Hilborn has accepted the role of Northwest Regional Director.  Initially the states assigned to the Northwest region are California, Oregon, and Washington . As needed or defined additional states will be added to the Northwest Region.

Courtney’s role as Northwest Regional Director is to act as liaison between the states in the region and our National office in Texas. In addition where we currently do not have a coordination volunteer covering such states, she will act as the coordination volunteer until we have a coordination covering the state in the region.

We greatly appreciate Courtney being able to accept the Northwest Regional Director role as we continue to streamline things to assist our active duty military service members, wounded warriors, and veterans in an efficient, timely, and professional manner.

Our Regional Directors, State Directors, and our Foster Coordination Liaisons are the backbone of our organization as they are the ones on the front lines as representatives of the organization with our clients, their pets, volunteers who have registered with us as potential foster homes, and volunteers who are fostering (Guardian Angels) specific beloved pets so the pets can be reunited with their owner following a deployment or medical/homeless related hardship situation.

Even though it seems deployments related to combat missions are winding down, there are and always will be deployments related to peace-keeping and humanitarian missions, so we will still be assisting in those deployments, plus to be there for those enrolled with the “Warrior Transition Unit/BN (WTU or WTB) military groups involved with medial related transitioning back to the civilian world and our homeless veterans getting the hand up they need via the official “Homeless Transition Programs” so their beloved pets can be reunited with them following completion of the above programs.

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 www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org

Media Inquiries: mediarelations@guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org

Looking for Cat Foster Homes in the Pacific Northwest

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is looking for potential Foster Homes in the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID) for 5 cats that need to be placed by mid-December 2012.   These potential Foster Homes should be currently cat free homes.

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If you are a registered Foster Home in one of these states and are interested in assisting, please email our Foster Home Coordinator and put “Potential Cat Foster Home” in the subject line.

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If you are NOT a registered Foster Home and are considering opening your heart and home to these animals, please visit our website and click on “Foster A Pet” to learn more information about the program, the requirements and how you can become a registered Foster Home.

Thank you!

Mission Accomplished: Dixie

Dixie had been fostered in WA, she was SO happy to see her Daddy again!

Why I decided… (Washington)

…to volunteer.

“I volunteered as a way to say thank you to all the men and women who put themselves in harms way and/or who leave their families to protect this wonderful country we live in.  My love of animals makes this a great way to help.”

– Written by Cherie T., Washington FHC

Why do you volunteer?

Ann’s Adventures with Chyna: Part 2

Well, the kennel debate has now been decided; by Chyna herself.

I’ve been wanting a new dining room set, but the one I wanted was sold out in all the local stores. The nearest store with some in stock was about 45 minutes away, so early one Saturday morning, we set out with our truck and trailer. I figured we were looking at only a couple hours being gone, so decided we’d just leave Chyna in the outdoor dog run we have on the side of our house. We’d been gone about an hour when I got a call from my Mom. My elderly neighbor across the street had just called her and told her Chyna was running around in my front yard. Now, I’ve heard a lot of people complain about nosy neighbors, but most of the time I’m glad mine pay attention. After about 10-15 minutes of freedom, Chyna had ended up across the street and three houses down. These neighbors had seen Chyna around and knew she was ours (even if, temporarily) so had gotten a leash out and hooked her up until help could arrive and she could be kenneled. It only took 3 phones calls before I could find a neighbor with my garage code, to let her in.

Chyna in her new kennel

On our drive home my husband and I had speculated about how shs had escaped in the first place. My husband thought maybe she had dug and squeezed under the fence. I’ve seen her jump, and wondered if maybe she had climbed up and over the fence. Well it didn’t take long after we got home to realize we were both wrong. She didn’t go over, or under, she went through! Yep, she chewed right through two fence boards and pushed the nails out of a third. She’s a regular Houdini, and ya know what? My husband doesn’t appreciate it one bit! LOL

As crazy as she is, she is also such a cream puff. All she wants is to be with you. We always make her ‘go lay down’ while we are eating and you’d think we just killed her last master. She’s got those big brown eyes that look up at you, so forlorn and sad; pathetic really. Fortunately for her, I’ve always been a sucker for a sad face.  A few sing-song words, a scratch and a pat, and she is once again grinning from ear to ear. I love that smile!

– Written by Ann, foster mom in Washington state.

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