We are a military family here. Dad was in the Air Force long before I ever came on the scene, and dad's brother has served over 20 years in the Air Force as well. We know firsthand that sometimes personal sacrifices must be made in order for the United States to remain a free nation. Sacrifices such as moving away from family and friends, or moving to a state (or country) that you just don't want to live in. Those are the things one would expect when they sign up for the military, and the soldiers willingly make these sacrifices anyway, because they have a very important job to do. But they have other sacrifices to make as well, like sometimes having to leave pets behind.
And yet, this happens far too often. Dogs and cats can't go to war when a soldier is deployed. When dad was sent to Alaska, mom's horse couldn't go with them. He wasn't deployed; simply stationed at an inconvenient place to take a large animal. Thankfully, mom was able to find someone to care for her horse for a few years while she was gone, and they were reunited when mom and dad moved back.
PACT for Animals does this very same thing. When those in the military are deployed, or if anyone (military or civilian) is hospitalized and has nobody to care for their pets, PACT steps in and finds families to foster them until they can be reunited with their owners again. This is one of the best organization I've heard of in a long time. This keeps pets from going to shelters or being euthanized. This allows owners to keep their beloved pets and not be forced to give them up due to circumstances that are out of their control.
PACT for Animals provides emergency foster care for pets of people in hospitals or military personnel. They are a nation, non-profit organization that personally connects life-saving foster placements through a pre-screened foster network. They do all the work, from finding a home that can take the pet, to getting the pet there and making sure they can stay, to helping with the heartwarming reunion at the end. This minimizes stress and concern on the individual needing the services.
This coming weekend, when you have some down time, watch some of the PACT for Animals You Tube reunion videos. You might want to keep a tissue handy, too.
PACT for Animals does good work. I give them a hearty 4-paws up in the Things To Bark About department. But they can't continue to do good work without the help and support of amazing people behind the scenes, too. These people donate funds or even volunteer to foster. If this is something you want to help with (because you never know when you could be hospitalized and in need of these services yourself), feel free to check out their website to see how you can help.
Now go hug your pet, because you're not faced with an emergency situation where you have to give up your most faithful friend.
|My boy, hugging our girl, Margo. That boy loves dogs.|