Just the thought of a Marine surrendering his two “best friends” because they were “too big to ship” put Helen Rosburg, great-granddaughter of chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, into action.
Rosburg, a self-confessed animal lover, saw a Facebook post asking for assistance in relocating two large-breed dogs from California to Camp Lejeune, N.C. Without her help, the two mixed-breed dogs, rescued from Afghanistan, would have been surrendered….and that often means the worst.
Marine Andrew Morales rescued the two, part Anatolian shepherds, while on a combat tour in Afghanistan nearly three years ago. The dogs were transported back to the United States with the help of an international dog rescue organization.
Recently, after every commercial airline refused to transport the dogs for Morales at his newest duty-station, the international organization reached out to animal lovers around the world. It was the Facebook posting from that organization that caught the eye of Rosburg, a woman with the finances and the heart to help.
"Everybody in my circle knows what I do," said Rosburg. "If they see an impossible situation, they'll post something to my [Facebook] timeline."
Rosburg is a horse exhibitor and published romance novelist who raises German shepherds for "personal protection, military, police, service." She is the founder of animal rescue organization, On the Wings of Angels Rescue, and has pigs, chickens, goats, cattle, donkeys, rabbits, cats and exotic birds on her farm in Tampa, Fla.
Helen Rosburg arranged for both dogs to fly "better than first class" on a private jet to Camp Lejeune to be with their Marine family.
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