April 25, 2015
Jon Patch -Host
Suzanne Topor DVM - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zack Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 - Kirk Miller DVM, Clinical Instructor Oregon State University, Portland Humane Society Faster, safer, more effective spay method
PORTLAND, Ore. – A new type of procedure to spay female cats has been shown to be safe, effective, and saves a little bit of time – which can be important in some high-volume programs such as those operated by animal shelters.
A study on the procedure has been published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, by Kirk Miller, a clinical instructor with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, and practicing veterinarian with the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.
It found that a procedure called a “pedicle tie” is effective at stopping blood flow through two vessels that that go to a cat’s ovary, a preliminary step to removing the ovary and uterus. It’s essentially tying the vessels in a knot – and works just as well, and is about 30 percent faster, than a procedure used for decades that required multiple ligatures to accomplish the same purpose.
There had been no prior study on this approach, and some concern it might cause additional bleeding. But in a survey of 2,136 kittens and adult cats that were neutered using the new technique, it was found to safe with no significant increase in hemorrhagic complications, and slightly reduced the time the animal needed to be under anesthesia.
And, for an average procedure, it saves a couple of minutes out of an overall operation that can take from six to 20 minutes, depending on the skill and experience of the practitioner.
“Saving two minutes may not sound like much, but when you do thousands of these procedures every year, like we do, it can add up in savings of both time and money,” Miller said. “Over the course of a year this may free up about two weeks of time for both the surgeon and anesthetist. That increased efficiency means we can serve more animals, provide the care they need and make them eligible to find new homes.”
The procedure can be taught fairly easily and expertise in it gained within a week or two, Miller said. With its safety and efficacy now verified, it’s anticipated that the procedure may soon be used much more broadly, he said.
Aggressive spay and neuter programs are needed to help address broader concerns about unwanted and homeless companion animals. The American Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals estimates there may be as many as 70 million stray cats in the United States. Neutering of dogs and cats helps to address this critical problem, while improving both their behavior and their health
About the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine: The primary mission of the college is to serve the people of Oregon and various livestock and companion animal industries by furthering understanding of animal medical practices and procedures. Through research, clinical practice and extension efforts, the college provides Oregon's future veterinarians with one of the most comprehensive educations available

Animal welfare organizations support Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 22, 2015) — Federal lawmakers today introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Legislative Fund announced their enthusiastic support for the legislation.
Last year, more than 140,000 American horses were slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. The animals often suffer long journeys to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico without adequate food, water or rest. At the slaughterhouse, horses are  brutally forced into a “kill box” and shot in the head with a captive bolt gun in an attempt to stun them before slaughter—a process that can be inaccurate due to the biology and nature of equines and result in animals sustaining repeated blows or remaining conscious during the kill process.
“For centuries, horses have embodied the spirit of American freedom and pride,” said Rep. Guinta. “To that end, horses are not raised for food – permitting their transportation for the purposes of being slaughtered for human consumption is not consistent with our values and results in a dangerously toxic product.  This bipartisan bill seeks to prevent and end the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting thousands of horses a year for food.”
“Horses sent to slaughter are often subject to appalling, brutal treatment,” said Rep. Schakowsky. “We must fight those practices. The SAFE Act of 2015 will ensure that these majestic animals are treated with the respect they deserve.”
“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is an absolute travesty that must be stopped,” said Rep. Buchanan.  “This bipartisan measure will finally put an end to this barbaric practice.”
"Horse slaughter is an inhumane practice that causes great pain and distress to the animals, and poses numerous environmental and food safety concerns,” said Rep. Lujan Grisham. “The vast majority of my constituents oppose horse slaughter. I'm proud to support the SAFE Act to ban this cruelty once and for all."
The SAFE Act would also protect consumers from dangerous American horse meat, which can be toxic to humans due to the unregulated administration of drugs to horses. Because horses are not raised for food, they are routinely given hundreds of toxic drugs and chemical treatments over their lifetimes that are prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in animals intended for human consumption. Those drugs, although safe for horses, are potentially toxic to humans if consumed. In December 2014, the European Union (EU) announced its suspension of imports of horse meat from Mexico after a scathing audit of EU-certified Mexican horse slaughter plants, which kill tens of thousands of American horses each year. Additionally, the discovery of horse meat in beef products in Europe shocked consumers and raised concerns about the potential impact on American food industries.
The ASPCA, AWI, and The HSUS encourage the public to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act, H.R. 1942, in order to protect America’s horses and overall consumer health from horse slaughter.


About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About AWI The Animal Welfare Institute ( is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people.  AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and other important animal protection news.

About The HSUS The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals and people, and visit us online at


Oakland, CA …On Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Oakland Zoo welcomes the public to attend a talk about the most endangered animal on the planet - lemurs. These animals are extremely rare and exist only on the island of Madagascar.

Zoological Manager, Margaret Rousser and Lead Keeper, Elizabeth Abram will recount their eco-trip to Madagascar where they spent two weeks in the field working with Dr. Wright at Centre ValBio (CVB), a state-of-the-art lemur research station. “CVB is a place of hope,” said Elizabeth Abram, Lead Keeper at Oakland Zoo. “Visiting such a facility that supports the local villagers and shows them the value of their unique ecosystems as well as having researchers and students from Madagascar and around the globe combine their forces to save the forest and animals is very inspirational. The approach and successes of CVB is evident both in Ranomafana National Park as well as the surrounding villages. It was truly an honor and privilege to be a part of that.” The evening will highlight the work of Centre ValBio’s community-oriented conservation programs and showcase how the center is working with local villages to develop ecologically sustainable programs which reduce the need for logging while protecting wildlife and the forest environment. The center’s ultimate goal is to protect Madagascar’s biologically diverse ecosystems.

The Conservation Speaker Series will take place in Oakland Zoo’s Zimmer Auditorium, located near the lower entrance of the Zoo. Parking is free and the admission price for the evening’s speaker presentations is $12.00 - $20.00 per person (sliding scale). All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Centre ValBio. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information about Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series, please contact Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Lemurs are only found in Madagascar, and have often been characterized as "Madagascar's flagship mammal species.” Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and ninety percent of its animals are found nowhere else on the planet. As of 2012, there were officially 103 species and subspecies of lemur found on this island. They are almost all classified as rare, vulnerable, or endangered. Ninety-four percent of lemur species are threatened with extinction. Lemurs are threatened by a host of environmental problems, including deforestation, hunting for bushmeat, along with live capture for the exotic pet trade.


Centre ValBio (CVB) was created by primatologist Professor Patricia Wright in 2003 to help both indigenous people and the international community better understand the value of conservation in Madagascar and around the world. CVB is located at the edge of Ranomafana National Park (RNP), a place of stunning beauty and immense natural diversity. RNP is located in the Fianarantsoa Province of southeastern Madagascar. CVB’s mission has three main objectives: To promote world-class research in one of the world’s most biologically diverse and unique ecosystems. To encourage environmental conservation by developing ecologically sustainable economic development programs with local villages. To provide the local villagers with the knowledge and tools to improve their quality of life through projects focused on sanitation, diet, and education, and ultimately reduced poverty in the area. For more information about CVB, go to:


The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at


TPR News
Saturday, April 18, the 108th day of 2015.
There are 257 days left in the year.Pet Owners Independence Day is celebrated on April 18, 2015. It's a holiday for all of those who have pets. If you are a pet owner, be proud and celebrate yourself on this day!Coming Up This Week: April 22, 2015: Earth Day.Today In History: 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning American colonists that the British were coming.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Jillyn Sidlo - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
Dr. Jose Arce DVM from the AVMA will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/18/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss Canine Flu
Jose Duarte - Product Development Director for Airfree Air Purifiers will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/18/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away an Airfree P1000
Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder - President and Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc. will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/18/15 at 7 PM EST to discuss the contest and the Stree Free give aways from Oster


Here at Talking’ Pets we love hearing about companies that go out of their way to bring awareness to animal is one of my favorite websites to check in with, curating news related to pet health, hot products and featuring pet experts. GoodNewsforPets has announced the launch of their 15th anniversary contest series!

The company will have fifteen—that’s right, fifteen—giveaways in conjunction with celebrating their original site launch. For the next two weeks of the show, Talkin’ Pets Radio is going to join in on the fun and give out two “Stress Free” kits from Oster, in addition to the three “Stress-Free” kit giveaways currently being featured on

What does that include? Oster Calm Clips, the Gentle Paws Premium Nail Trimmer, the Oster ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool for Dogs (for both long and short coats), and the Oster Shed Control Shampoo.

Plus, if that isn’t exciting enough, a sterling silver convertible Goodnewsforpets Heart-Paw charm by jewelry designer Elena Kriegner is also being given away with each kit AND a donation will be made to the local shelter or rescue of each winner’s choice.

To enter this Grrrreat celebration, visit the Contests page on


Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA is President & Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc., a New York City-based public relations firm and founder & publisher of, now celebrating its 15th year with a series of contests for pet owners. Our good mutual friend, the legendary Mordecai Siegal was one of the first columnist on the site.

She is a member of the national Women Presidents Organization, Women in the Pet Industry, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Cat Writers’ Association of America.

Germinder is an accomplished, creative public relations veteran and a writer who has interviewed dozens of veterinarians, behaviorists, pet and pet lovers. She has launched over 125 campaigns introducing pet products and addressing issues in veterinary medicine. She has also worked in several other key categories including food & beverage, sporting goods, development, banking, jewelry and international trade.

Germinder started working in the pet industry at twelve years old in her late stepfather’s import/export business of hobby fish. She helped introduce hydroponically grown plants to fish owners as well. She was an early proponent of the power of the Internet, beginning work in this area in 1995 when she created a campaign called “Pets Need Dental Care, Too!” with one of the first niche pet web sites,

Germinder began her career as a marketing coordinator at a sales promotion agency with incentive company E.F. MacDonald, now Carlson.

She and her team have won dozens of awards, including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, one of the highest national public relations awards. Other awards include the American Animal Hospital Association's Gold Key Award. She has won three Business Marketing Association Fountain Awards.

Germinder was named a Honoree for Enterprising Women and was named Top 25 "Women Who Mean Business."

Germinder grew up on Long Island, New York. is an accredited Fellow of PRSA, one of the most prestigious honors in public relations that recognizes her strategic counsel and early adoption of Internet.

To contact Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

April 18, 2015, Lima, Peru: Hoover the tiger, Mustafa the mountain lion and Condorito the condor have been removed from two circuses in northern Peru during raids as part of Animal Defenders International’s (ADI) mission to enforce Peru’s ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, Operation Spirit of Freedom.
ADI, Peruvian authorities ATFFS Piura, and the police moved in after ADI received tip-offs that two circuses were illegally operating with wild animals in the area. Both circuses heavily resisted the legal action, with riot police and the Public Prosecutor called in to secure the condor and mountain lion during a long and hostile stand-off.
Almost 80 animals have been rescued from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade during ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom so far.  The rescue mission will culminate in June with a huge airlift to Denver, Colorado of 33 lions, a bear and now Hoover the tiger. The animals are destined for The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado where large acreage habitats are being prepared for them. ADI is also relocating nearly 50 native wild animals to a specially built facility at Pilpintuwasi near Iquitos in the Amazon with the Peruvian Air Force providing an aircraft for the animals and the Navy providing river transport.
Hoover the tiger was removed from Circo Africano, the same circus that Cholita, an endangered Andean spectacled bear who has won the public’s hearts, was removed from several years ago. Cholita, dubbed the “real life Paddington bear”, had her paws mutilated to remove her claws and has lost most of her fur.
Eight months ago, ADI was poised to remove two tigers from the same circus but it slipped through the net and eluded authorities until now – the other tiger died during that time. Hoover is the sole survivor of up to six tigers with the circus.  He is thin and will be monitored closely by the ADI veterinary team.
ADI was tipped off about the location of the circus via social media and began discussions with ATFFS Piura about the seizure operation whilst continuing to trail the circus.  The organisations were then tipped off about another circus in the area.
The second raid took place on Circo Koreander less than 24 hours after the first, in an isolated village in the same area of northern Peru.  A mountain lion called Mustafa who was kept chained in the back of a pick-up truck was removed by ADI along with Condorito the condor, named after a Chilean comic book character. The heated seizure saw police reinforcements and the Public Prosecutor called in. Legal proceedings are now underway concerning the circus’ obstruction of the seizure and to try and secure a monkey still with the circus.
The seizure operation began on Sunday with ADI trucks carrying cages heading to the circus locations, and ended on Friday morning with the animals arriving safely at ADI’s Spirit of Freedom Rescue Center near Lima.
Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer, who oversaw the difficult seizures in Peru this week said, “Before we began seizure operations with the Peruvian authorities last year, ADI conducted a census of all animal circuses in Peru.  Some disappeared as soon as the first seizures took place, but we have steadily tracked down every circus that was on that list and removed their wild animals. It has been public tip-offs to ADI that have led to the seizures on the last three circuses so we urge people to remain vigilant and report any sightings of wild animals in circuses.”
Jan Creamer:  “A huge thank you to the Piura ATFFS, police and Public Prosecutor who stood up for these animals in very difficult circumstances and ensured the animals were safely removed by ADI.”
ADI’s Spirit of Freedom flight to take the 33 lions and Cholita the bear to the USA had originally been planned for April. However, ADI, Peruvian authorities SERFOR and ATFFS, The Wild Animal Sanctuary and Denver International Airport all agreed the priority had to be saving the animals, and so the airlift has been postponed until June and will now take Hoover the tiger to a new life in the US.
Jan Creamer: “We never gave up hope that we would find the illegal circuses and give each and every animal the chance of a better life, free from their circus cages and chains.  Locating and raiding circuses all over Peru and looking after this number of different animals has been a huge challenge. Now we are looking forward to the next stage: getting all of the animals ADI has rescued to their new homes.”

Operation Spirit of Freedom rescue mission is expected to cost ADI over $1.2 million, with the biggest single cost being the flight to the US.
Please donate to help get Hoover the tiger, Cholita the bear and all the other animals saved during Operation Spirit of Freedom to their forever homes: or 323-935-2234.
More information about ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom
South America circus bans: A two year undercover investigation by ADI from 2005 to 2007 led five countries in South America to ban wild animal circus acts – Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Colombia. In Central America, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, and Costa Rica have also passed bans. Peru’s ban on wild animals in circuses was passed in 2012 following a successful campaign launched in 2007 by ADI and backed by local animal protection groups. Bolivia was the first South American country to ban wild animals in circuses and ADI was called in after most circuses defied the law. During its ‘Operation Lion Ark’ enforcement mission ADI raided eight illegal circuses in Bolivia rescuing all the animals including horses, dogs, coatis, monkeys, baboons and lions. ADI flew 25 lions to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and 4 lions to California. The rescue is the subject of the multi-award-winning film Lion Ark. In August 2014, ADI began working with the Peruvian authorities to enforce its animal circus ban in a mission known as ‘Operation Spirit of Freedom’.
National restrictions on performing animals in travelling circuses, either wild, all animals, or in a handful of cases specific species have been enacted in 31 countries – Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands. Similar laws are under discussion in the UK, USA, Brazil and Chile.
Animal Defenders International
With offices in London, Los Angeles, Lima and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, educates the public on animals and environmental issues.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) is a 720 acre refuge in Keenesburg, Colorado, USA, for more than 350 rescued lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large carnivores. ADI rescued 29 animals from circuses in Bolivia in 2010 and 2011 and the story of the 2011 seizure, rehabilitation and relocation of 25 of the lions to the TWAS is told in the movie, Lion Ark

ASPCA #HelpAHorse contest will award $50,000 in grant prizes to equine organizations across the country

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the participants in its 2015 ASPCA Help a Horse Day grants contest. The nationwide competition of equine rescues and sanctuaries is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work they do to care for local at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless. Participating rescue groups will be competing for the chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist their efforts to protect horses. The groups will be judged on the creativity of their events, as well as their ability to engage their local communities. This year the contest has expanded to recognize seven winners.

“The equine rescues and sanctuaries that step in to care for abused or neglected horses give them a much-deserved new lease on life, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to expand the contest this year to recognize even more groups for their hard work,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of last year’s participants, and look forward to seeing what new ideas our repeat participants incorporate into their ASPCA Help a Horse Day events.  We are also excited to welcome many new groups who will be participating for the first time.”

This year, 110 groups will be hosting events across 33 states during the weekend of April 24-26. Activities include open houses, education programs, spring festivals, hoe-downs, barn raisings, 5K walks and other fun-filled events.  ASPCA Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission ever since, which includes supporting equine welfare legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.

The ASPCA has also launched a petition on, urging the U.S. Congress to pass a federal ban on horse slaughter. Each year, approximately 150,000 American horses are purchased and trucked to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption. The vast majority of these horses (92 percent per USDA) are in good physical condition and could go on to lead productive lives in loving homes. Horse slaughter is especially inhumane because horses, skittish by nature, are extremely difficult to render unconscious before slaughter. Horse slaughter is a cruel, predatory industry, and as long as sending American horses to slaughter for human consumption abroad remains a legal option, thousands of equines will be vulnerable at local horse auctions where kill buyers are present.

Last year, the ASPCA awarded over $1.1 million in grants to support 169 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grants were primarily awarded as part of the ASPCA Equine Fund, which provides life-saving resources – including financial assistance, in-person and online training, and sharing of best practices -- to support non-profit equine welfare organizations.

For more information about ASPCA Help a Horse Day or to see if there is an event near you, please visit

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Talkin Pets Radio Show News
Saturday, April 11, the 101st day of 2015.
There are 264 days left in the year.
Today In History  in 1970, Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasted off on its ill-fated mission to the moon.April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.Today is National Pet Day - Pet parents are invited to celebrate their furry, finned or fine-feathered family members on National Pet Day.  Held on April 11th, the pet holiday was established in 2007 as a way to promote the option of pet adoption.
Crew:Jon Patch - HostBarry Siebold - Vet Tech/Co HostJenna Winters - ProducerZach Buden - Network ProducerBob Page - Executive Producer Special Guest:
Hour 1:  Kathy Smith – President and Founder of Dog Tag Heroes
Hour 2:  David Sokolitz and David Codd of Sit Treats – Sweet Potato Dog Chews 


SMITHTOWN, NY – (April 6, 2015) – Most people are aware that we have soldiers overseas in Afghanistan. But what most are not usually aware of is that many times they become attached to dogs that they find roaming in the area. For some, it’s the bond they create with those new pets that keep them feeling happy and hopeful. Yet when their tour of duty is over and it’s time to go back home to the U.S., they find themselves having to break that bond and leave the dog behind. Guardians of Rescue, an international animal rescue organization, works to change that by reuniting soldiers with the dogs they had to leave behind.

"Through our No Buddy Left Behind Program, we have helped numerous soldiers to be reunited with the dogs they were caring for in Afghanistan,” stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “It’s the least we can do for these soldiers, who miss the dogs and worry about their fate. But we can’t do it alone; we need the public’s help in order to make it a successful mission.”

There are costs involved in bringing the dogs back to the U.S. from the Middle East. This expense is one reason that Guardians of Rescue reaches out to the public for donations in order to help make it possible. The group is working with the only Afghanistan-based animal shelter, Nowzad, to make the mission possible and successful. The dogs will be flown into John F. Kennedy International Airport at the end of April, and then will be transported on to Portland, Ore., where they will be reunited with the soldiers they were with in Afghanistan.

The dogs being reunited were found and rescued by a couple of U.S. Army soldiers. When they spotted the mom she had four puppies and a wounded paw, and they saw the way other stray dogs had been mistreated in the area. They decided to help nurse the wounded leg back to health, and went on to care for and bond with the mother and her puppies. The platoon medic will be adopting her, while another soldier takes two of the puppies, and a third soldier has expressed interest in another one of the puppies.

“These soldiers have given us so much, the least we can do it is reunite them with these dogs they bonded with,” said Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “Every little bit helps, and it all adds up to meaning so much for them and the dogs. Together we can save them!”

The cost to bring the dogs back to America and deliver them to the soldiers is estimated at $6,000. Guardians of Rescue is seeking donations from the public to help with this mission. Those who would like to learn more and make a donation can do so by logging onto:

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at

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