Many continue to be affected by the war in Afghanistan and companion animals are no stranger to the myriad of issues plaguing military families. While military families are often expected to accept change at a moment's notice, the path is not an easy one. Whether change comes in the form of moving to a new duty station or deployment to far away places, families are expected to respond with aplomb. Sometimes one of the casualties of war on the home front is the need to leave behind a much-loved pet. Most military pet-owners act with great responsibility in such circumstances, making arrangements ahead of time in the case of such occurrences. But sometimes even the best of plans do not work out.
Lukey is a three-year-old black and white Labrador Retriever mix who knows firsthand (or paw!) what this means. Though no one is at fault, Lukey was left without a home when his master was deployed. And although arrangements had been made for another family to care for him until his owner's return, matters did not go as planned and Lukey was surrendered to the Jefferson County SPCA when his temporary family had to move away and were unable to take him along. In order for the SPCA to assist, Lukey’s owner wrote a letter of surrender. The surrender of this dog took place with the owner's full awareness and agreement. While it is always regrettable and extremely emotional to give up a pet, the soldier should be applauded for having acted in what he no doubt saw as Lukey's best interest under the circumstances.
Lukey came to the shelter on July 3, 2013. He is a healthy Lab mix who has been house-trained, neutered, micro-chipped and temperament tested. He is considered a "Yellow" dog, meaning he will do best in a family with either older or no children.
If you would like to meet Lukey to consider adopting him or any other animal at the SPCA, contact the shelter at 315-782-3260 and visit the shelter website to complete an adoption application and get familiarized with the adoption process. To see pictures of more adoptable pets visit the JCSPCA on Facebook.
Fortunately, there are now a number of organizations that may be able to assist with the problems faced by military families who need help caring for pets upon deployment. Dogs on Deployment.org is one such organization that has built a substantial program linking volunteers with soldiers in need of foster care. Also, the American Humane Association has a great deal of helpful information on this subject.
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