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Note: It is imperative that the “Purpose of Program” and “Additional Information” sections below be read in their entirety before proceeding to the “Situations We Assist With” section. 

Overview

Our “Foster Home” program has a two-fold purpose which includes assisting our deploying active duty service members and veterans in specific situations with volunteer ‘foster homes” within our foster home network and the “Military Pet Assistance” (MPA) Fund for assisting our “Homeless Veterans” with veterinary care expenditures and temp pet boarding expenditures.

Foster Home Program

The “Foster Home” program was established for the following situations:

  1. Out-of-Country Deployments primarily impacting our Single and Dual Military service members related to combat or potential combat area (e.g., Afghan), Peacekeeping cases (e.g., S. Korea), and Humanitarian (e.g., Haiti) missions. Note: When deploying service member is married then immediate members (spouse and/or children) must have a major handicap (wheelchair bound) or 100% disability (e.g., MS, Autism) situations that impact the family’s ability to properly care for the pet. A letter from the “Primary Care Manager” for the handicapped/disabled individual must be submitted on their letter head to our National Office.
  2. Honorably Discharged Veterans facing an unforeseen situation related to: (a) major inpatient medical situation and/or (a) is homeless receiving a “hand-up” via a VA or VA approved “Homeless Veteran Transition” program.

The program’s “foster terms” can average between 2 months – 12 months depending on the actual situation.

The “Foster Home” program is available in all 50 states for all Branches of Service  including the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force,  and US Coast Guard.  Plus the National Guard and Reservists are also included when their units or individuals have received orders to deploy related to a combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission.

In cases where a service member/veteran (has no one able or willing to care for the companion animal) is being admitted to a VA or military medical facility for less than 30 days we will try to assist with boarding expenses and potential veterinary expenses (required vaccinations need to be brought up to date) via our “Military Pet Assistance” (MPA) Fund program when funds are available to do so.

As much as we would love to assist with every possible situation that our active duty service members and veterans with companion animals may incur, it is just not humanly possible to do so. If your particular situation is other than what is defined above, we recommend you do an Internet Search (Search Engine Subject Line “military pet fostering including your city and state abbreviation”) to determine other groups/organizations that may have a similar foster home program who have the ability to assist you with your particular situation.

Note: Pet submissions received pertaining to the situations shown above will be considered regardless of the race, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation, and ethnic origin of the legal military/veteran pet owner.

“Military Pet Assistance” (MPA) Fund

The MPA Fund was developed and implemented in February 2008 to assist with certain types of pet care related expenditures involving the following situations:

  1. Companion animals being cared for via our Foster Home program where unforeseen emergency veterinarian care is required and the legal military/veteran pet owner has insufficient funds to cover such expenses and we have the funds available in the MPA Fund account.
  2. Homeless veterans whose companion animals will be placed in one of our registered foster homes.
  3. Veterans requiring emergency inpatient care lasting less than 30 days which will involve temporary pet boarding at a local and licensed boarding facility.

The expenditures from the “MPA Fund” usually involve:

  1. Required veterinary care related to the needs of the pet or pets including but not limited to being spayed/neutered, heartworm (canines) or Feline Leukemia (felines) testing with negative results, current on all required vaccinations as deemed necessary by the veterinarian or specific state regulations (such as rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella), and micro-chipping (homeless veteran pets)  before being placed in one of our registered Foster Homes (specific Guardian Angel);
  2. Short term pet boarding not to exceed 14 days where pet or pets needs a foster home immediately, but foster home not available at time);
  3. Pet boarding in a local licensed boarding facility less than 30 days while veteran pet owner is an “inpatient” due to an unforeseen illness or surgery.

IMPORTANT: Actual assistance provided via this fund is totally dependent on funds available at the time formal communications are held between our National office contact and the wounded warrior or veteran’s assigned VA case worker or Primary Care Manager (PCM).

Military Pet Assistance Fund Submission Form

Foster Home Program “Additional Information”

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet© does not charge a fee for providing this service or any other service provided by the organization. However the military/veteran legal pet owner is usually responsible for any and all pet care related expenditures that can include but not limited to needed veterinary care, food, treats, grooming during the foster term unless other arrangements have been made by the organization’s national office.

In addition we hope the military/veteran legal pet owner will consider supporting the organization following the foster term via a monetary donation to the organization so we may continue assisting other active duty service members, our wounded warriors, our veterans, and their beloved pets.

During the time your pet is fostered with a specific “Guardian Angel” through our organization, the assigned “Foster Coordination Liaison” or an assigned “Foster Home Services Liaison” (FHSL) volunteer representing the state your pet or pets are fostered will follow up on a regular basis with the foster home to ensure the pet remains in a caring and safe home environment.

We will do everything humanly possible to assist you but are unable to make any guarantee with the following:

  1. We may not be able  to assist with each case since we are dependent on available volunteer registered foster homes in our network that will meet the needs of your pet and appears to be a good fit for both the pet and the potential foster home in our network.
  2. We will make all efforts to place more than 1 pet belonging to the same military or veteran legal pet owner where possible.in the same foster home.
  3. We will try to determine and suggest a foster home located as close as possible to where the pet is currently is located.

When a potential foster home has been selected and both parties (military/veteran legal pet owner or authorized representative and the recommended foster home caregiver are in agreement that the pet or pets will be cared for by the recommended foster home, the parties are required to prepare and sign our official “Fostering Written Agreement” (FWA) with a signed copy of the FWA be faxed to our National office in TX via Fax # 866-800-0115 within 5 days after the prepared/signed FWA has been reached by both parties (responsibility of the foster home caregiver to fax the FWA).

The FWA will be provided to both the legal military/veteran pet owner and the potential foster home as an attachment with the “Meet and Greet” email along with instructions.

The FWA is recognized as a legal document (in the event any legal issues arise during the foster term) so it is very important that both parties read the document in its entirety and provide complete information where asked for.

NOTE: Failure to prepare and sign the FWA will be recognized as between you and the foster home only and outside of the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet area of responsibility or ability to assist with any issues that may arise during foster term. For your protection and that of your pet a FWA is required to be prepared and signed by both parties.

Foster Home Program “Pet Requirements”

Each pet being submitted for assistance via the fostering program must be:

  • Altered (spay or neutered) and cannot have major aggressive issues. See our “Altered Pet” policy HERE for further details
  • Must be current on all required vaccinations including Bordetella
  • If Canine, then Heartworm test results must be negative
  • If Feline, then Feline Leukemia test results must be negative

Situations We Assist With

If your particular situation is NOT DEFINED BELOW, we recommend doing an Internet search using words “military pet fostering including your city and state abbreviation” to determine other groups/organizations (national, state, and local levels) providing similar military pet fostering services and who may have available resources to assist with your particular situation.

As much as we would love to assist with every possible situation a military or veteran pet owner may encounter, it is just not humanly possible to do so.

Our foster home program was established to assist in the following situations (click on the appropriate heading below to go to a specific page for specific instructions):

Deployments

Deployments relate to where a unit or members of a specific unit have received deployment orders related to a combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission only.

  • Active Duty
    • single service member OR dual military couple whose units have received deployment orders related to a combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission.
    • Foster Term up to 1 year
  • Family of Deploying Service Member
    • assistance related to a major medical situation (e.g., MS, Autism, spouse or child wheelchair bound) within the immediate family that would have an impact for the family to care for their beloved pet during the spouse’s deployment.
    • Foster Term is the same as deployment term

Deployments relate to where a unit or members of a specific unit have received deployment orders related to a combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission only.

Wounded Warrior

  • Assistance related to a medical situation (combat injuries, TBI, PTSD, Cancer or other major medical issues) by working with the various VA medical assigned representatives (mentor, counselor, social work, etc.), military medical facility (assigned Primary Case Manager) or the military Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) or Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) program.
  • Foster Term between 2 – 12 months dependent on situation

Veteran Major Medical Issue

  • Assistance related to major medical (e.g., PTSD, TBI, Cancer, etc.) situations by working with the various VA Medical Center representatives (mentor, counselor, case manager, etc.) across the country.
  • Foster Term between 2 – 9 months dependent on situation)

Homeless Veteran

  • Assistance involving a homeless situation by working with the various VA and/or VA approved “Homeless Transition” program representatives (mentor, counselor, case manager, etc.)
  • Foster Term between 2 – 9 months dependent on situation

Out-of-Country PCS

  • Out of the country including Hawaii and taking their pet(s) with them, but due to airline restrictions (weather related) or regulations related to vaccinations and quarantine requirements pet(s) are unable to travel at the same time as military service members.
  • Foster Term between 3-6 months

Fallen Warriors

  • Families impacted by the loss of a loved one who has paid the ultimate sacrifice (KIA or Suicide related) and is being supported through a “Survivors Outreach Services” (SOS) or “Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors: (TAPS) representative feels with everything unexpected happening at the moment they are unable to properly care for the MSM/family pet or pets may need our assistance.  At the end of the foster term the family needs to pick up the pet or pets whether at that time they decide to keep the pet or pets or surrender the pet or pets.
  • Foster Term up to 3 months

Updated: 12 June 2017