One homeless veteran – is one too many. Arizonans can help Valley Dogs Rescue support the many homeless vets in the Phoenix area who need help with their pets by providing donations for a garage sale to be held on Sat., Feb. 12 at 9295 E. Corrine Drive in Scottsdale from 8 am to 4 pm.
The goal of the garage sale is to raise funds for homeless veterans and their pets and to raise awareness of the growing dilemma of veterans whose pets are forgotten or lost due to system restrictions. Transitional housing often won’t allow homeless veterans to bring pets with them, creating a need for foster care for the animals until their owners can get back on their feet.
Vets and Their Pets℠ was formed to help fill this need for the 300 homeless veterans in the Phoenix area, as well as providing much needed assistance with veterinary care, food and other needs. The plight of homeless Vietnam veteran Gary and his 3-year-old yellow lab Libby underscores the need for the crucial program.
In October 2010, Valley Dogs Rescue received a request from a homeless Vietnam veteran who’d been hit with some very hard times, having lost his job, wife, and home within a few months. Gary was having difficulty finding work and was living out of his truck.
The unemployed handyman of 35 years made dozens of calls to animal rescues, pleading for them to temporarily watch Libby, his remaining link to normalcy. His beloved dog was his life, but he felt he needed to do what was best for her.
Valley Dogs Rescue was immediately touched by Gary’s love and dedication to Libby, putting her needs before his own. The organization found a temporary home for Libby, and later raised money to help Gary get into an apartment last November.
Unfortunately, a few weeks after moving into the apartment, Gary was hit by a drunk driver while walking across the street. His right leg was shattered, requiring the replacement of a large piece of bone with a metal rod.
With Libby once again in need of a temporary home, Valley Dogs Rescue stepped in to help. Gary and Libby were reunited over Christmas, while he recovered from successful leg surgery. Libby was so excited to see her “dad” that she nearly knocked over his tray table to get to him.
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Valley Dogs Rescue is calling on all animal rescues in the Phoenix area to pitch in and help Vets and Their Pets℠. Rescues can prevent an animal from ending up at an adoption center and being ripped away from their owner by offering temporary housing. All Arizonans that are committed and willing to foster a pet, can contact Valley Dogs Rescue to help with a veteran in need who has a pet at risk.
All funds raised will go to Vets and Their Pets℠, dedicated to helping homeless veterans and their pets. Donations of garage sale items and money are being accepted now. To help with this great cause, call (480)898-3647 to arrange to donate garage sale items and visit www.vetsandtheirpets.org to donate monetarily.
Valley Dogs Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN: 26-0896950), no-kill animal rescue organization whose mission is to rescue dogs that have been abandoned, neglected, or otherwise placed in harm’s way; to provide temporary housing for adoptable dogs, and to promote and encourage the responsible care of pets, especially spaying or neutering, micro-chipping and vaccination of dogs and puppies. Valley Dogs Rescue has over 40 years of combined rescue experience and knowledge.