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Minnesota National Guard
The HSCC In Minnesota Helps Soldiers With Pets Find Foster Homes

Written by Melissa Sutton | March 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

The Humane Society of Carlton County (HSCC) in Minnesota is establishing a program to make sure pets of the Cloquet-based Crazy Troops 1-94 Cavalry Unit of the Army National Guard, have a foster home while their owners are away

There is so much anxiety and stress that a soldier goes through, once being told he or she is being deployed overseas, that the last thing they want to worry about is who will care for their pet while they are out of the country

It is especially sad when there is no family member or friend that can serve as a foster home until they return Most of the troop will be gone for one year and their deployment is in May

The friends of Animals Humane society (FOA) volunteer and board member Linda Towne stated " I was asked by one member of the unit if we had any suggestion as to what he could do with his dog while he was away He was reluctant to think that his only options would be to either give it to the shelter for someone to adopt or to euthanize it, and he asked if the FOA might consider fostering it for a year until he returns"  as per  " duluthnewstribunecom"

This lead to a discussion on it at the FOA board meeting Towne said members were " overwhelmingly in support of the idea" They voted to go forward in "whatever fashion necessary to figure out what it will take to set up such a program"

Towne stated " At this point, we don`t know if we`re talking one animal or 11, or however many Most people have family or friends who could take care of a pet for someone who finds themself in that sort of circumstance, but there are always some who don`t We just can`t let it go at that"

Soldiers that need a foster family needs to make sure their pet(s) are current on all shots and sign a medical agreement giving the foster family authority to deal with medical and other emergencies while they are away

I would like to say I am very proud of the HSCC for helping our brave men and women and hope other organizations will start similar programs! If any other programs like this are out there, PLEASE LET US KNOW!

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