Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vermont Soldiers' Angels Pet Fostering Program-Terri Sabens and Jim Daignault

August 29, 2011

Vermont Soldiers' Angels created a foster pet program when a soldier came to us and asked where he could bring his dog for a year, during deployment. Having just gotten organized in the state it was the perfect opportunity to spread the word that we existed and had angels supporting soldiers in Vermont. I contacted local media to get word out for volunteers. After it appeared in the paper over a hundred people had applied for the "job". The soldier was asked to go over the information taken in and contact the people he thought would be the best match. A trial run with the volunteers secured a placement and all went well. He is about to be reunited with his dog this week after he arrives home from Iraq.

It became apparent how important it was for pets to stay local allowing for family visits and the soldier's peace of mind. We support all agencies trying to accomplish this. We're all working toward the same goal, supporting our active military and veterans.

A second dog needed a home and Terri Sabens was chosen by the soldier for this pup which worked out perfectly for all of us. Terri and Jim fostered Anni during a soldier's basic training and then offered to take over the program for us. They have continued to support the soldier and Annie has found a new second home. We are very fortunate to have them as the new administrators for this important program. Terri is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or if you need a pet cared for please contact her at

Barb Greck

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