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Sponsor a Rescue Dog, Save a Veteran

Sponsor a Rescue Dog, Save a Veteran

 

Of the thousands of service men and women in the armed forces overseas, an increasing number of troops are now returning with post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. According to the United States Department of veterans Affairs, PTSD can occur after a life-threatening event or trauma, and can eventually lead to major health and mental health problems.  Sleeplessness, memory loss and overall anxiety are just a few of the symptoms of those suffering from this disorder, and finally an antidote has been found in the form of partnering the PTSD sufferer with man's best friend. 

Abandoned Dog Turned Service Companion In Need of Saving

Abandoned Dog Turned Service Companion In Need of Saving

 

Dogs who are rejected from the blood sport of fighting usually end up abandoned or in shelters, as was the case with pit bull mix, “Six.” After being burned with acid and left for dead, Six spent a year in the shelter system. Six was rescued by New York based animal rescue organizations, Guardians of Rescue and Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue, to be trained as a service dog. Sadly, his health has taken a turn for the worst, and the rescue groups are looking to the community for help.

5 Reasons to Reconsider Purchasing Pet Food from China

5 Reasons to Reconsider Purchasing Pet Food from China

Over the last decade or so, an influx of companies have been turning to places like China for the manufacture of their products. Even with the additional expense of shipping the products overseas to America, along with any additional import tariffs, it still increases their profit. Many people may not realize that a lot of pet food today is coming from China. In fact, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), China is the leading pet-food exporter to the U.S., supplying around half of all pet foods imported.

“Consumers want what is best for their pet, and they assume the food is safe and has been made here in this country,” explains Will Post, president of Hound & Gatos Pet Food Corporation. “What they don’t realize is that it often is not and, as such, it can pose health risks to their pets.”

Fake Service Dogs Bring Stress to American’s Veterans

Fake Service Dogs Bring Stress to American’s Veterans

 

America loves trends, and the latest one that is sweeping the nation involves dogs. In particular, it is an issue that pits service dogs against dogs who haven’t had such professional training and are claiming to be one. Fake service dogs are a trend that many businesses are finding has become increasingly popular. It’s also a trend that is causing undue stress to the many veterans who really do need service dogs to help them deal with such issues as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Many veterans benefit from having a trained service dog with them, if they suffer from issues such as PTSD,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “Yet they are now being faced with additional stress because of people who are creating a rash of fake service dogs, leaving businesses unsure which are really true service dogs.”

Animal-Senior Citizen Companionship Leads to Improved Overall Health

Animal-Senior Citizen Companionship Leads to Improved Overall Health

 

The mental and physical benefits of animal companionship have been praised across the world, from seeing-eye dogs to therapy dogs to household pets. According to the US Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, there are approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74 million pet cats in the United States. Of this number, about 63 percent of pets are considered to be members of the family. Now, pet adoption companies are utilizing the health improvements to better the quality of life for senior citizens.

100+ Years of Commercial Pet Food, Yet Pets are Sicker than Ever Before

100+ Years of Commercial Pet Food, Yet Pets are Sicker than Ever Before

 

It was over 100 years ago that the beginnings of what would become the pet food industry began, according to the Pet Food Institute. It began with a commercially prepared dog biscuit in 1860, diversified to canned horse meat in the 1930s, and then to the expansion of dry commercial pet foods in the 1950s. Today, the commercial pet food has grown into a $21 billion per year industry, according to the American Pet Products Association. With all the advancements in pet foods, however, the nation’s pets are no healthier as a result.

“One would think that we have created an industry that cares for and nourishes our pets,” explains Will Post, president of Hound & Gatos Pet Food Corporation. “The reality, however, is that most of what people are purchasing isn’t healthy at all and can actually lead to health problems.”

Guardians of Rescue Calls on Community to Help Save U.S. Army Unit’s Afghan Pups

Guardians of Rescue Calls on Community to Help Save U.S. Army Unit’s Afghan Pups

 

Since Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan began back in 2001, thousands of troops have been deployed overseas. While amidst the chaos and wreckage of war, some soldiers have found friends in the form of stray dogs. Recently, a compelling story was brought to the attention of Guardians of Rescue, who is now doing everything possible to transport “Sheba” and her pups to the United States on September 4th, 2013.

While deployed in Afghanistan, a team of soldiers came across a stray dog. Before long, the team had adopted the dog, naming it “Sheba,” who came to protect the soldiers from other wild dogs in the area. After Sheba gave birth to seven puppies in March, the team donated their limited free time to feeding and caring for the puppies. The soldiers reached out to Guardians of Rescue with a plea to transport Sheba and her puppies safely to the United States.