Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. They were recently called upon by soldiers to help transport a mother dog and her puppies in Afghanistan back to the United States.
The mother dog’s name is Sheba. While deployed in Afghanistan, a team of soldiers came across the stray dog, adopted her, and gave her a name. As the story goes, Sheba protected the soldiers from other wild dogs in the area.
After Sheba gave birth to seven puppies in March, the team donated their limited free time to feeding and caring for the puppies. The soldiers reached out to Guardians of Rescue with a plea to transport Sheba and her puppies safely to the United States.
“We are doing everything we can to arrange safe transportation for these animals, but we can’t do it alone,” said Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are trying to raise the funds that are needed for these pups, so we are reaching out the public at large to ask the community to do whatever possible to help us save these dogs.”
In mid-June, the group implemented a mission that transported Sheba and her family to a safe shelter in Nowzad, Kabul. Sheba and her puppies’ journey from Nowzad to the United States will cost $4,000 for each dog, and more funds are needed to complete the task of transport to the United States on September 4, 2013.
Since Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan began back in 2001, thousands of troops have been deployed overseas. Amidst the chaos and wreckage of war, some soldiers have found friends in the form of stray dogs such as Sheba.
“We went out to feed her three times a day, every day, then raised seven pups all at once, which is a difficult job while here in Afghanistan where you barely have free time to yourself,” said Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba, one of the soldiers who cared for Sheba and her puppies while overseas. “It’s truly something I want more than anything, to get them home.”
Guardians of Rescue is located at 34 East Main Street, Suite 303, Smithtown, NY 11787. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit made up of volunteers who rely entirely on donations to support their mission.
For more information on how to make donations, they can be reached at telephone 888-287-3864. You can also find details on their website page.
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