Not too long ago, my human began photographing and writing for the Prince William Humane Society. I love it as I get to go with him whenever my schedule permits. Dad loves taking me to work!! BARK!
While honoring our Veterans over Memorial Day, I thought about the pawsome Prince William Humane Society volunteer who I asked to share about her military life and her pawfect dogs!
Meet Sherry: “I retired with 20 years of service in the Army. I predominately served as a Logistician but also had assignments in Operations and Planning, and Morale, Welfare & Recreation. I’ve been assigned with units in Germany, Korea, Japan, Texas, Kentucky and Virginia.”
Sherry continues: “Since the age of six, I have had dogs in my life – always strays and/or pound pups. Dogs are such a part of my life that I can’t imagine not having at least one. Typically, I have had multiple pets at one time, except when stationed overseas – my pup at the time, a Beagle named “Biskitt” travelled with me to Germany and Japan. I adopted her before I joined the military and she stayed faithfully by my side for 14 years.”
“Dogs bring so much joy because of their loyalty and unconditional love. There’s never anyone happier to see you whether you’ve been gone for five minutes or five days. Dogs never judge or question what you do. [Providing] service dogs for our wounded warriors is perhaps one of the best benefits out there. The companionship dogs provide, in addition to the services they perform, is priceless. It’s a win-win for both the service member and the dog.”
“My dogs bring me so much happiness and are an important part of my life. They are family – they were there when I was a kid, as I raised a family, as I served in the military, and they continue to play a role in the peace of mind I have in retirement. Dogs aren’t just pets, they are family members!” Sherry says.
An important program of the Prince William Humane Society is the “Warrior Buddies Program,” started to help improve morale, welfare, and bring unconditional love to our nation’s heroes! These are done through adoptable shelter pets. The program has two separate components.
The “Wounded Heroes Free Adoption Program” works with wounded service members whose caseworkers indicate a service/assistance dog would benefit in their therapy and recovery. After an interview process, trainers screen dogs at local shelters to find the perfect assistance/service dog. Professional and certified trainers work to train the dog to the specific needs of the individual and assure a bond between the two. Adoptions are free to qualified participants and include the adoption fee, spay/neuter, vaccinations, wellness check, microchip and training.
The second component is the Warrior Buddies Military Family Adoption Program. Prince William Humane Society believes military families deserve the love and companionship pets provide. Military family adoptions are 1/2 price for any homeless pet in the Prince William County Animal Shelter.
These programs are available thanks to donations from a generous community who love and respect our troops and homeless pets looking for a forever home and humans to share their love!
The program benefits our nation’s heroes by providing pawsome, unconditionally supportive, and loving companions while the animals receive tons of love – what they need most!
My friend Sherry brought two friends for you to meet!
Meet Valor; A two-year-old Pit Bull who is housebroken, spayed, healthy, and energetic. She is looking for a loving human who has time to exercise her frequently, and work on her socialization and training. A behavior assessment states she’s distrustful of males so patience and understanding is important. Valor needs to be your one-and-only dog and be with a family with older mini-humans.
Meet Abby; Abby is a gorgeous, five-year-old Hound mix. She is sweet, healthy, spayed, housebroken, and micro-chipped. Abby is familiar with some basic obedience commands and walks well on a leash.
Abby may pull on her leash as she’s excited to get familiar with her surroundings. A behavioral assessment indicates she is good with cats and seems to be good with dogs. A family with older children would probably be best. Food-motivated and energetic, Abby would benefit from a dedicated exercise routine!
To meet these dogs, please visit the Prince William County Animal Shelter, 14807 Bristow Rd, Manassas. For information call (703) 792-6465.
For information visit Prince William Humane Society at http://www.pwhumane.org/, or call (703) 634-0880.
I, Noah, am Pawthor of www.fromthedogspaw.com- A blog about dog adoption, humor, dog adventures and facts about dogs and cats.