The title being elusive, it is important to know that the Guardians of Rescue (GOR) is not a typical rescue where rescuing puppies is an everyday type of situation. Instead, this particular animal rescue it quite special because they go wherever, whenever to help military personnel seeking to rescue dogs – in addition to being a typical rescue.
The two puppies that they recently helped to save was requested by a United States Elite Special Forces Team. GOR has the know-how and is able to acquire the means to take part in just such a rescue mission.
According to the International Security Assistance Force, the United States has approximately 32,800 troops still in Afghanistan. While our soldiers are deployed, many times the only relief they may possibly feel is to bond with dogs living around them. However, when it is time to go home, these same individuals are broken-hearted to have to leave their canines behind. This is when they seek the assistance of the nationwide animal rescue organization, Guardians of Rescue.
They know that this particular organization is familiar with the safe, secure transportation of the animals back to their motherland. Tomorrow, July 23rd, GOR will join forces with animal rescue organization Nowzad to bring two dogs from Afghanistan to the U.S. to reunite them with the sergeant in Raleigh, North Carolina that originally saved them.
Said the sergeant, "When we got there, we saw a few Afghanis standing around something and firing at the ground,” states an elite special forces sergeant, whose name cannot be revealed. “We could see an adult dog and figured that they were shooting the dog over and over again. When we got closer, we saw that the situation wasn’t what we expected. The corpse of a dog on the ground had a litter of puppies no more than a week old and they weren’t just shooting the mother but also shooting the pups."
The Elite Special Forces team quickly intervened and took the two surviving puppies, naming them Rommel and Blitz. The two tiny orphans were hand-raised by the team and grew up on the base camp and became comrades, protectors and loyal companions.
It was with heavy hearts that the team realized that they would have to leave their canine companions behind when it was time to return to the United States. Rommel and Blitz would have to be left behind. It was sadder yet to consider, given their rough beginning, that Rommel had a broken leg as he had recently been hit by a contractor’s truck. The leg was never set because there was not a veterinarian in sight. He just managed by limping along for several months.
The soldiers realized that without their protection, the dogs lived in heightened danger from enemy forces. Time was of the essence and that is when the team reached out to Guardians of Rescue.
Together with the animal organization Nowzad in Kabul arranging transportation, and Rachael’s Rescue in North Carolina raising enough money to get the dogs to safety and an additional $10,000 to transport them to New York, GOR’s effort began. Once safe with Nowzad, Rommel received much-needed surgery to save his shattered leg.
"This is part of our No Buddy Left Behind Program", stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. "Raising that kind of money isn't easy, but helping our heroes and their four-legged battle buddies is the least we can do. After all, they sacrifice their lives for our freedom on a daily basis."
Within 5 weeks, Guardians of Rescue raised the funds to bring Rommel and Blitz to America. The organization still needs donations to cover the cost of transportation and medical expenses, but for now the dogs will finish the last and most important part of their journey....reuniting with their heroes in North Carolina tomorrow.
To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.