SMITHTOWN, N.Y., Jan 2013,(Globe Newswire via Comtex) -
According to a press release given out by The Guardians of Rescue, they have joined forces with Animal Aid USA to help rescue over 170 dogs from a high kill shelter in Hinesville, Georgia. They will be visiting the shelter to rescue dogs this Saturday 19th of this year. The shelter is located close to Fort Steward Army Base, a place where soldiers end up surrendering their dogs, as they feel there are no other options while they are away on duty.
"Sadly, many soldiers simply don't know what to do with their dog when they are serving our country, so they take them to the shelter" explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. "The problem with the shelter is that it is not open to the public for adoption, and the animals that enter the facility are ultimately destroyed. Our goal is to help save the lives of these animals."
This rescue operation it is the largest animal rescue operation in the history of this community. The rescued dogs will be relocated to Miracle Ranch, which is run by Animal Aid's volunteers. According to Guardians of Rescue, they are committed to helping soldiers care for their companion animals when they are called up for duty. They are currently in the process of creating a national service to help soldiers care for their companion animals, so that they don't have to give them up to shelters when they are serving the country.
Guardians of Rescue have been active in several states, including New York and New Jersey, helping people care for their pets by providing a wide range of services, as well as helping with spay and neuter programs for feral cat populations. They help provide food, shelter, foster care and veterinarian services, and routinely rescue animals in need.
According to Guardians of Rescue, there are alternatives to giving up companion animals to a shelter, if it is deemed necessary to find someone else to care for it while military personnel are on active duty. These options include:
- Reaching out to military Websites, blogs, and support groups with photos of your pet, and a pet history.
- Search for, and contact, all local rescue groups.
- Post flyers in local pet supply stores and veterinarian offices to find a responsible person who can take the pet.
- Try to encourage a local Boy or Girl Scout group to take on the job of caring for the pet.
- Contact your local newspaper and see if they can help spread the word.
"Our military serve and protect us, yet they are routinely forced to give up their pets when they are called up for duty," added Misseri. "We want to help, to the best of our ability. We can help keep these soldiers' pets safe and cared for. The soldiers watch out for us, so now we need to pay back the favor and watch out for them and their pets."
"It's important that we take measures to help reduce the number of animals that are being surrendered to shelters," explained Prince Lorenzo Borghese, of Animal Aid USA. "But to also help people find viable alternatives to that option to start with."
"By teaming up with Guardians of Rescue we can help meet the needs of both the animals in the area, as well as those who need to find homes for them," said Karen Talbot, of Animal Aid USA. "We believe our efforts this weekend are a big step in the right direction."
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