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Animal Therapy 101: What It Is and How It Helps Veterans

Animal Therapy 101: What It Is and How It Helps Veterans

 

Ever notice, when you start petting a dog or cat, that it makes you feel calm and comforted, and often puts a smile on your face? Those aspects are the impetus behind animal therapy. Researchers have found that animal-therapy pets can help many people who suffer from such conditions as depression, fatigue, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Animal therapy is an effective way to help people, especially veterans who suffer from PTSD,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, a rescue group that helps place animal-therapy pets with veterans. “We have a way of bonding with and trusting animals that helps us psychologically. The more people learn about the benefits of animal therapy for PTSD, the more veterans may receive the help they need.”

Guardians of Rescue Celebrates National Pet Day

Guardians of Rescue Celebrates National Pet Day

 

April 11, 2013, is known as National Pet Day. The day recognizes the nation’s love of pets. It is also an ideal time to raise awareness about what we can do to help make conditions better for pets everywhere. It is estimated that 62 percent of the households in America have a pet. These include 78 million dogs and 86 million cats. And while things may be pretty good for the majority of those animals, millions more are suffering and need help.

“There are two main things you can do to help the animals in this country,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “First of all, always adopt your pets, rather than purchasing from stores or breeders. Next, support the organizations that are doing the hands-on work of helping animals.”

Tips For Keeping Pets From Ending Up In The Wrong Hands

Tips For Keeping Pets From Ending Up In The Wrong Hands

Every year, millions of people around the country make the decision to give up their family pet. Some may be dealing with an unplanned-for litter of kittens, while others may feel they can no longer take care of their animal for other reasons. Shelters around the country take in 5-7 million animals per year, with half of them coming from pet owners who relinquish the animal to the shelter. Problem is, 60 percent of those dogs and 70 percent of those cats, on average, will be euthanized.

“If someone does feel they need to place their animal, they should make every effort to find it a safe and loving home,” explains Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “It is all too easy for the animals to fall into the wrong hands.”

Celebrities Team Up with Guardians of Rescue to Help Animals in Need

Celebrities Team Up with Guardians of Rescue to Help Animals in Need

A list of celebrities is teaming up with Guardians of Rescue in order to help raise funds to support that group's animal rescue work. The celebrities, including Russell Simmons, Lana Fuchs, Steve Lobel, Christian McBride, Victor Ortiz and Coldplay, have all donated prizes that will go to the highest bidder through eBay auctions. The funds raised will all go to support the work that the group does, all year long, to help animals.

“We are thrilled that these celebrities have been so generous in helping us with our cause,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “We love helping animals, but we couldn’t do it without support. We are very thankful that they are all helping to contribute to our fundraising auction.”

The eBay charity-fundraising auction will be held February 27, 2013 thru March 9, 2013.

Animal Rescue Organization in Need

Animal Rescue Organization in Need

According to the American Humane Association, approximately 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. The goal of Guardians of Rescue is to support and save animals in need and we rely on donations to make our efforts a reality. A national organization based in New York, the Guardians of Rescue works to help the thousands of animals in need. After hurricane Sandy’s devastation, Guardians of Rescue stepped in to help the animals and people that were directly affected by the storm. All members of Guardians of Rescue are volunteers and devote their time to helping those in need, however, the organization is funded purely by donations. As we enter the first quarter of 2013, the group has a limited budget and is in desperate need for donations to continue their vital work helping distressed animals. Through education, a strong network and community support, they are committed to finding all animals a safe and loving home.

5 Things Every Veteran Should Know About PTSD

5 Things Every Veteran Should Know About PTSD

 

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that many people are vaguely familiar with. Yet they may not know exactly what it is or what can be done about it. PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after someone has gone through a traumatic event, such as a war; this makes it common among veterans. The more people understand this condition, the more likely they will seek to receive the help they need in order to overcome it.

“Veterans have served time protecting our country. Once they come home, it is our job to step up and help protect them,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “Many of our veterans are suffering from PTSD and need resources and help in order to help them improve their quality of life. We try to do our part in helping those veterans, and have been successful so far.”

Here are 5 things every veteran should know about PTSD:

Ten Tips for Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse

Ten Tips for Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse

 

Within New York City alone, the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department investigates over 5,000 cases of animal cruelty each year; the animals vary from household pets to horses and livestock. However, most cases are never reported and the animal’s suffering goes unrecognized and without the necessary intervention. To assist in the protection of abused animals, the Guardians of Rescue organization steps in.

“It’s easy to overlook the many animals in distress, or to turn away from it,” Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, stated. “We don’t do that. We work hard, with the support of those in the public, to help these animals in need, and we feel great doing it.”