No pet left behind with Paws Abroad

by Courtney Woodruff
Stripes Europe

When Annaleis Hunter arrived at her overseas duty station, she quickly became aware of an issue that has been plaguing the local military community and giving US service members a bad rap for years — high rates of pet abandonment.

Upon investigating the situation, Hunter recognized a lack of pet boarding options for service members when it came time for them to leave for a TDY or deployment. To help fill the gap, Hunter founded Paws Abroad in November 2014.

Paws Abroad helps OCONUS service members find loving foster homes for their pets when the call of duty requires them to leave their family members — including the furry, feathered and scaly ones — behind. Additionally, the non-profit organization helps service members overcome the cultural and language barriers that come along with living overseas to connect them with caring international volunteers willing to open their hearts and homes to our troops’ pets.

Want to offer your support, but aren’t able to foster? There are plenty of ways you can help Paws Abroad fulfill its mission to be the first resource service members turn to when it comes time to board their pets. Volunteer to help out at local events, print free flyers and hand them out in your community, purchase a cute accessory from the organization’s shop or leave a donation.

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