The Fort Stewart Animal Shelter could not feel more blessed if they tried. The Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, is teaming up with Pilots N Paws and Animal Aid USA today, October 4th at Noon. Together the three organizations will launch the largest scale rescue effort for abandoned dogs in the history of Liberty County, Georgia!
The Guardians of Rescue volunteers are scheduled to arrive at the Fort Stewart Army Base in Fort Stewart, Georgia, to remove all of the dogs from the animal shelter on base and then transport them to Animal Aide USA’s Miracle Ranch that is also located in Georgia. Through their Paws of War program, Guardians of Rescue will train the abandoned animals to become therapy dogs, and pair them with military veterans suffering from the emotional effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD.
“For many soldiers, being deployed means leaving behind their beloved animal companions. Often times, when service members have no one to take care of their pets, they are left with the heartbreaking decision to turn them over to a shelter, never to see them again,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are ready to help rescue these dogs and place them with as many veterans as we can, to assist with their therapy,” explains Misseri.
PTSD is a psychological condition that can arise after someone has experienced a traumatic event, such as being directly involved in combat and it is estimated that around 400,000 veterans currently suffer from this disorder. Animal therapy has proven to be beneficial in helping veterans overcome the condition. Guardians of Rescue initiated the Paws of War program after rescuing all of the dogs from the Fort Bragg Animal Shelter in North Carolina.
Following this awesome initial caravan and flyaway rescue effort today at Fort Stewart, the Guardians of Rescue, based in New York, will help load hundreds of dogs on private planes to be sent to receiving rescues throughout the USA.
"With all of these volunteers working together for a common goal, targeting a specific area just makes good sense,” says Misseri. "After we save the dogs on the base, reaching out to the community was an easy decision to make, and one that we hope will impact this area and the servicemen and women in the most positive way,” he says.
Pilots N Paws is another awesome animal rescue organization based solely on a volunteer basis. Today they will be transporting the animals from the shelters in general aviation planes. Additional volunteers will be driving a caravan of vehicles from New Jersey all the way to Georgia for this extensive rescue effort. Afterward, the dogs will be transported to various rescue organizations in the northeastern United States and Florida.
This is certainly not the first hurrah for the Guardians of Rescue. They are continually providing assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. Through their Paws of War Program, they are helping military veterans to find the relief that they need to carry on after the throes of war. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.