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SMITHTOWN, NY – (March 1, 2016) – In 2011, a young puppy was rescued from the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. The young dog, Marley, lived in the horrors of war before being rescued by United States Army Veteran Jonathan Jones. Now, Jones is fighting the Bay County Courts to save his dog’s life against a cruel injustice. He has been sentenced to death for a natural reaction, and one that Jones feels does not warrant such a harsh reaction.

“Back in 2011, our colleagues Nowzad Dogs in Afghanistan went to great lengths to get Marley safely to the United States,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “Marley has lived with the Jones family and played with the children for almost five years. Now, after everything Marley has been through, to have the dog awaiting a death sentence for a natural response is unfair and we are determined to help justice prevail.”

The incident occurred when Marley bit Jones’ 15 year old son who was wearing a mask while playing cops and robbers with his 5 year old brother. Marley was only protecting the younger boy from what he thought was a threat. Unfortunately, neighbors called animal control before learning the facts.

The Bay County Magistrate ruled in Marley’s favor, but the County Attorney is appealing the case for a death sentence. Marley has been in a glass chamber on death row in Bay County, Florida for almost five months now. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2016.

“Marley’s family just wants justice in this case and to bring their dog back home where he belongs,” affirms Misseri. “He is more than a dog…he’s family. Guardians of Rescue will do all that they can to help free Marley and we ask that everyone join us and do the same.”

To support Marley and his family via Facebook or learn more about the case, visit the site: https://www.facebook.com/HelpSaveMarley/…

To raise funds for Marley’s defense, visit the GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/FREEMARLEY.

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. Many families are struggling, making it difficult for them to care for their pet financially. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and providing therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK – (November 9, 2015) – One quick Google news search of the term “animal abuse” yields over 53,000 results. Animal abuse is a serious problem that many people are beginning to take notice of due to the horrific news headlines covering the stories. These allegations lately include such heartbreaking stories as animals being slammed, starved, beaten, and more. From undercover investigations taking place at big name food manufacturers to animal cruelty being reported by individuals in communities around the nation, many people are looking for ways to help bring an end to these horrific news stories.

"We have made it our mission to help catch those responsible for animal cruelty and bring them to justice,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “However, it’s a job that we don’t do alone. It is a collaborative effort to make it happen, but we have been quite successful at it.”

Guardians of Rescue (GOR) is an animal rescue organization which has built a reputation for helping to rescue abused and abandoned animals. Being serious about their mission, their investigative team is headed by Joaquin “Jack” Garcia, a former FBI agent, who spent 26 years doing undercover field work on over 100 assignments, including bringing about 39 convictions of Mafia figures.

“We investigate every animal cruelty lead that comes to us,” explains Garcia. “We have seen some awful things in doing so, but it’s always a great thing when we can rescue the animal and bring the person to justice who was the abuser. That’s what we do all of this for. Whether it’s a lack of proper care, dogfighting, hoarding, or something else, our mission is to help these animals.”

GOR goes into some of the highest crime areas looking for obvious signs of animal abuse and cruelty. They also offer 5 ways that others can help stop animal abuse:

1.    Take notice. The first step is in noticing that it is taking place. Take a look around for signs of animal abuse and cruelty, trusting your instincts when you see something that doesn’t seem right.
2.    Report it. Gather as much information as possible about the situation that needs to be reported, and then contact your local agency to make a report. The more information or support you can provide, the more it will help with the investigation and conviction. If you feel the local authorities are not taking action after reporting, then take it to social media.
3.    Support organizations. Some people prefer to not get directly involved in the reporting or investigations. They can still help to stop animal abuse by supporting those organizations that investigate abuse and rescue animals.
4.    Contact legislatures. Many animal cruelty crimes do not come with severe punishments that would help prevent them from happening in the first place. Contact the powers that be in your state and urge them to make tougher laws for those who are convicted of animal cruelty and abuse. Holding the people accountable is a big step toward preventing more abuse.
5.    Pay attention to companies that abuse. Notice the companies that are found to be involved in animal abuse cases. Write or call them to urge them to change their practices and hold their employees accountable for cruelty. When they know consumers care more, they will ensure better treatment of the animals in their care.

“Many people want to help animals, but are unsure how to go about doing so,” shares Katie Cleary, model, film producer of “Give Me Shelter” available on Netflix, and founder of World Animal News which brings you the latest breaking animal welfare news from around the world.  “I’ve made animal abuse and rescue issues a top priority in my life for many years. I urge others to get involved to help make their community better for all animals. There are ways to help make the world better for animals, whether you are directly or indirectly involved in the efforts.”

Another organization working to aid in the rescue of animals is the Eastwood Ranch Foundation, a California-based animal welfare and rescue organization. The founder of the group, Alison Eastwood, actress, film producer, and is the daughter of the beloved actor Clint Eastwood. They routinely rescue animals from high-kill shelters, care for them, and work to find each one a forever home.

“Our shelters are filled with beautiful pets who need good homes and families to live their lives with,” says Alison Eastwood. “They just need a chance. That’s something we hope we are giving to them as we work to rescue them and change their life for the better.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. Many families are still struggling, such as from Hurricane Sandy, making it difficult for them to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and providing therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
 

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SMITHTOWN, NY – (November 6, 2015) – According to the Animal Welfare Institute, 2 million dogs are killed for food each year in South Korea and over 100,000 tons of dog meat is consumed annually. The South Korean culture favors the consumption of dog meat as an ancient tradition and is thought to promote good health and energy. Guardians of Rescue have been a powerful force of opposition against the dog meat trade in South Korea. Upon receiving a call from a local South Korean animal organization, Save the Korean Dogs, Guardians of Rescue stepped in to help rescue 17 dogs from death at a South Korean restaurant.

“Unfortunately, the South Korean culture continues to consume dog meat every day,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We have formed a campaign, “Real Men Don’t Eat Dog” to try to end this act and the cruel, unfair treatment of dogs. We’ve partnered with Save the Korean Dog and we’re seeking donations to continue this life-saving program.”

A couple weeks ago, an organization called Koreandogs.org received a message about a restaurant with banners advertising, “We Barbecue Whole Dogs.” Upon arriving at the restaurant, Nami Kim of Save the Korean Dogs found dogs living in horrific conditions.

Behind the restaurant, dogs were living in wire cages. Some of the dogs had resorted to eating the bodies of other dead dogs. The area contained dog bones and scattered leashes along with evidence of dogs being hung, slaughtered and barbequed.

On November 4, 2015, after sharing the horrific conditions with Guardians of Rescue, the two organizations jointly stepped in and rescued all 17 dogs from the restaurant. The dogs were immediately taken to a veterinarian office in South Korea to be examined and treated.

Guardians of Rescue is actively raising funds to transport all 17 dogs to the United States, where they will be safe and find loving homes. Other organizations are greatly encouraged to be a part of the rescue mission and assist in raising enough funds for the dogs.

“These dogs need to be safe and loved and transported to the United States, where they can hope to live long, happy lives,” affirms Misseri. “We can’t do that without the help of the community and dog-lovers everywhere.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, or to donate to save Tera, her pups and others like them that face slaughter, please go to www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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Animal Welfare Institute. The Dog Meat Trade. https://awionline.org/dogmeat

SMITHTOWN, NY – (October 6, 2015) –According to the Korean Animal Rights Advocates, approximately 2.5 million dogs are killed each year and around 100,000 tons consumed annually. Every day, thousands of dogs are transported from horrific dog meat farms to slaughter at the local markets for dinner in South Korea. The South Koreans’ culture believes that dog meat makes men more virile and strong. The more the dog is beaten prior to death, the more tender the meat. Guardians of Rescue, a nation-wide animal rescue organization, is teaming up with Save the Korean Dogs to step in and rescue as many innocent dogs as possible from a horrific death.

“No dog deserves to live or die like this,” says Robert Misseri, Guardians of Rescue founder and president. “We plan to do whatever it takes to save as many as we can. The cultural beliefs in South Korea consider dog meat a delicacy. It is beyond our comprehension that this exists. We are campaigning against this cruel, barbaric slaughter of mans best friend.”

Guardians of Rescue has teamed up with Nami Kim of Save the Korean Dogs, to save innocent dogs from being abused, tortured and boiled for soup. In the past, Guardians of Rescue have been a powerful force of opposition against the dog meat trade in South Korea.

Now, they are planning to save a mother dog and her pups from the sad fate thousands of dogs face. Tera and her three puppies are just four in a sea of doomed dogs, farmed for meat.

Guardians of Rescue is seeking donations to continue their campaign, “Real Men Don’t Eat Dog!”

“We are trying to raise funds to get these four dogs to our shelter partner, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue on Long Island,” says Misseri. “The flight to JFK airport is $2,000… money well spent to save this momma and babies from being boiled alive. We are asking everyone to please donate to the cause. Tera and her puppies deserve a happy life and this is a step forward in helping thousands of South Korean dogs.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, or to donate to save Tera, her pups and others like them that face slaughter, please go to www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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SMITHTOWN, NY – (September 21, 2015) – Pairing service dogs with military veterans suffering from PTSD has proven to help the healing process. According to the National Center for Health Research, studies have shown that a dog’s presence, loyalty and love are known to improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations. Paws of War, was founded to help those military veterans by training rescued dogs to be service dogs. Now, their mission is expanding to incorporate a Paws of War Therapy program, in honor and memory of US Air Force Veteran Duane Franzone.

“A few years ago, we saved a pitbull mix, Jada. She’d been living under a dirt crawlspace with a broken jaw. Jada was trained to become Duane’s service dog and she meant the world to him,” says Dori Scofield, executive director of Paws of War. “After Duane passed away, his family wanted to carry out his legacy of helping other veterans. That is what inspired us to start a therapy program.”

The Paws of War Therapy Program will train rescued dogs to become the best therapy dogs they can be before visiting any facilities that help veterans. Therapy dogs’ responsibilities include:

  • Provide psychological or physiological therapy to individuals other than their handlers/owners
  • Maintain stable temperaments and friendly, easy-going personalities
  • Visit various institutions like hospitals, schools, hospices, psychotherapy offices, nursing homes and more

Many veterans at medical facilities also miss the love and companionship of their own family pets while they are away from home. Bringing in canine therapy does wonders for them. The animals draw out even the most isolated personality, and having to praise the animals helps traumatized veterans overcome emotional numbness.

We anticipate getting many dogs and veterans involved with this program so that we can continue our work of helping both ends of the leash,” states Scofield. “We are both honored to provide this service in Duane’s memory and to expand our work with canines and veterans through our Paws of War program.”

Paws of War is an all volunteer organization that provides assistance to military members with their pets, and provides service and therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support Paws of War please visit the website: www.pawsofwar.org.

About Paws of War

Based in New York and founded by Guardians of Rescue, Paws of War is a 501c3 organization devoted to helping both animals and veterans. The Paws of War goal is to train and place shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to our United States military veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war such as PTSD. In turn each veteran can experience the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring. To learn more about Paws of War, visit the site at www.pawsofwar.org.

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SMITHTOWN, NY – (December 17, 2014) - Guardians of Rescue, a national organization dedicated to the welfare of animals rescued Jada, a 3 year old pit bull living in a dirt crawl space under the foundation of a home on a frigid winter day in 2013. That was her life, or more appropriately, her existence. Now, on December 23, 2014, Jada, has become a fully trained service dog through their Paws of War Program, and will be placed with local veteran. “When we found Jada a year ago, she’d been used for breeding and lived outside. She had a broken jaw that healed crooked and she was found huddled in a dirt crawl space. We took her in and as we got to know her, we saw what an amazing personality she has,” affirms Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue. “We decided to put her into our Paws of War Program and train her to become a service dog for a veteran suffering from PTSD. She has proven to be amazingly smart, and also an inspiration for forgiveness and survival!" With a large number of military men and women returning home and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Guardians of Rescue wanted to do something to help. Guardians of Rescue started the “Paws of War” program, which takes the time to rescue dogs and train them to suit the needs of those with PTSD and TBI and match them to a veteran. Jada will go to, Air Force Sergeant Duane R. Franzone for Christmas. Duane will now join the ranks of dozens of service dogs and veterans who have been united through Guardians of Rescue and are now on the road to recovery. On December 23, 2014, Jada will finally meet her new owner and pal, Duane R. Franzone, a former sergeant in the Air Force, at the Save-a-Pet facility in Long Island, New York. Franzone spent 12 1/2 years in the Air Force, including deployment in Afghanistan, before being medically retired and now suffers from PTSD that has effects on his daily life. “I’m thrilled to be able to welcome Jada into my home. I hope that she can help me with my PTSD and I can help her by providing her a home and love,” affirms Sgt. Franzone. “It’s the best Christmas present I could ask for.” “The holidays can be particularly rough for PTSD veterans because of the increase in crowds, noise and activities,” affirms Scofield. “We want Jada and Duane to be able to be together for the holidays to help each other, especially after all that Duane has sacrificed for our country, he deserves to feel safe and loved.” To learn more or to make a donation, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org. About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an international organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups and providing support to families, both military or not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

SMITHTOWN, NY – (December 16, 2013) – The perils of hot weather for your pets are well known, but cold weather is equally dangerous for animals. According to the American Veterinary Association, dogs should be kept inside during cold weather; like people, dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. Sadly, not every pet owner takes his or her dog inside during the freezing winter months. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue group, steps up to shelter these cold pets with insulated doghouses and will be traveling this winter from Camden, NJ to Maine providing assistance to those in animals in need.

“Unfortunately, some people leave their pets outdoors year-round, regardless of the dropping temperatures,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “The cold weather is extremely bad for a dog’s health and can lead to sickness, even death. Unfortunately, a lot of the dogs we find need immediate medical attention. To ease the suffering dogs, we’re distributing insulated doghouses throughout the Northeast for protection from the freezing weather. The free doghouses have clean straw, and when able, we plug in a outdoor heating pad to make them as comfortable as possible.”

Regardless of long-haired or short-haired fur, dogs are still at risk in the cold weather. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and more have a harder time adjusting their body temperature, leading to more suffering. If you see a dog that is left outside for extended periods of time or overnight, call Guardians of Rescue to arrange to have an insulated doghouse provided for the dog.

“To continue saving lives, we need help from the community, not only through donations but if you see a dog left outside, discarded or being abused it’s important to report it to the proper authorities and/or call us to stop the abuse,” Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “With the help of the public we are making a difference one dog house at a time by providing refuge to those animals in need so they are protected from the elements.”

Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. They provide instrumental education to young people about animal abuse and how to prevent it. Guardians of Rescue founded programs such as Paws of War to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist with post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, please visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

 

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Source: American Veterinary Medical Association. Cold Weather Pet Safety. https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx

SMITHTOWN, NY – (June 12, 2013) – Stolen from his parked car last August, in Jacksonville, Florida, Adalida, the Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix therapy dog owned and loved by an Iraqi war veteran, is still missing.  While helping his mother with groceries, Sgt. Kenneth Chambers spent only four minutes away from his best friend, only to return to the car and find her gone.  Pet theft has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, but this particular theft is more heartbreaking than most, as Sgt. Chambers suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD,) and Adalida is his therapy dog.

After being designated an official diagnosis in 2010, PTSD affects many returning soldiers serving in combat zones, and therapy dogs have been credited with aiding the healing process the vets must go through to overcome this illness.

After Adalida's disappearance, Chambers passed out countless fliers, posted signs on his truck, created a Facebook page and took out a billboard.  Guardians of Rescue, a non-profit organization based in New York, is dedicated to the rescue and aid of all animals in need, and the therapy dogs are no exception.  The rescue group is also offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads up to her safe return.

“For veterans suffering from PTSD, they are very dependent on their therapy dogs to maintain their daily lives,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are going to do everything possible to get Adalida back to Kenny.”

It's been almost a year since she's been gone, but Chambers is still just as determined to have her back, and Guardians of Rescue is stepping up to make this happen.  "She's more than a dog and is my heart and soul,” he says.  She is his best friend and he credits her with saving his life, a relationship that many vets suffering from PTSD attest to.

Sue Perry, a former law enforcement officer and current licensed private detective in Florida, where Adalida went missing, has been secured by the Guardians of Rescue.  Together with the Guardians "Watchdog" program, she will serve as lead investigator of municipal animal shelters in the U.S. to solve this case.

"I just want my dog back,” says the distraught Chambers, and Guardians of Rescue is doing everything they can to make that happen.

Guardians of Rescue, is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. Guardians “Watchdogs” is a recently implemented program to investigate municipal animal shelters nationwide to uncover cruelty and animal abuse. Guardians also founded Paws of War to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist in post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

 

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SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK – (February 27, 2013) – A list of celebrities is teaming up with Guardians of Rescue in order to help raise funds to support that group's animal rescue work. The celebrities, including Russell Simmons, Lana Fuchs, Steve Lobel, Christian McBride, Victor Ortiz and Coldplay, have all donated prizes that will go to the highest bidder through eBay auctions. The funds raised will all go to support the work that the group does, all year long, to help animals.

“We are thrilled that these celebrities have been so generous in helping us with our cause,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “We love helping animals, but we couldn’t do it without support. We are very thankful that they are all helping to contribute to our fundraising auction.”

The eBay charity-fundraising auction will be held February 27, 2013 thru March 9, 2013. Guardians of Rescue will auction off a variety of prizes from a star-studded list, including:

  • Russell Simmons – The entertainment mogul who is a long-time vegan and yogi has generously donated a yoga session with him personally which will be held in a yoga studio class in NYC. The bid for this auction will start at $800, with the highest bidder donning yoga gear to meet up with Simmons.
  • Lana Fuchs – Her pet monkey will be giving away a “Spend the day with my mom” package that includes the winner flying out to Las Vegas and being “Lana-ized” with a complete makeover that includes a once in a lifetime shopping spree, styling session, and a private secrets to success lesson, and more.
  • Steve Lobel – The well-known celebrity music manager, who has worked with Run DMC, Eazy E, Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony, Common, and Outlawz, will be giving away a pair of drumsticks that are signed by the original drummer of Guns N’ Roses, Steven Adler.
  • Christian McBride – The three-time Grammy-award winning bassist will be giving away a prize that includes spending the day with him at the studio when he records his next album, which will be in September. The recording will take place at either the Manhattan Center Studios or the Jazz at Lincoln Center Studies (both in NYC). He will be recording a piece with his 17-piece big band gospel choir called “The Movement, Revisited,” which is a musical portrait of the civil rights movement.
  • Coldplay – The popular band, which has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, will be giving away an autographed photo of the band that has been signed by each member, as well as their new 2012 tour DVD.
  • Victor Ortiz – The professional boxer and former WBC Welterweight Champion will be donating an autographed poster, and an autographed full set of VO by FaceLube Classic Edition, from his skin care line, as well as an autographed full size bottle of his cologne, VO by Victor Ortiz.

“We have some amazing prizes that these celebrities have donated,” added Misseri. “We look forward to auctioning these items off so that we can use the funds to support all the work we do in the community to help animals.”

“I am happy to help with this charity auction,” says Russell Simmons. “I know the Guardians of Rescue will do a lot of good things to help the animals with the funds they raise.”

“We all need to help the animals but sometimes we don’t know what to do to make that happen,” added Lana Fuchs. “Taking part in this charity fundraiser is a good step in the right direction. It gives something to the fans, and it helps the animals. It’s a win-win situation.”

The charity auction can be found here:

http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/guardians-of-rescue/76791/

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. Many families are still struggling, such as from Hurricane Sandy, making it difficult for them to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org

 

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SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK (February 5, 2013) – Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that many people are vaguely familiar with. Yet they may not know exactly what it is or what can be done about it. PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after someone has gone through a traumatic event, such as a war; this makes it common among veterans. The more people understand this condition, the more likely they will seek to receive the help they need in order to overcome it.

“Veterans have served time protecting our country. Once they come home, it is our job to step up and help protect them,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “Many of our veterans are suffering from PTSD and need resources and help in order to help them improve their quality of life. We try to do our part in helping those veterans, and have been successful so far.”

Here are 5 things every veteran should know about PTSD:

  1. They are not alone. PTSD is common among veterans, so much so that it is estimated that around 400,000 of them currently experience it. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reports that the average PTSD rate for all adults is 6.8 percent. Yet for veterans it ranges from 12-31 percent, depending on their service. For example, the PTSD rate for those who served in Vietnam is 31 percent, while those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is 14 percent.
  2. It changes people. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), PTSD changes the body’s response to stress. It does this by affecting the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information between the nerves. This creates an anxiety in people, one that comes with a range of side effects.
  3. They may have the symptoms. Some veterans may not recognize that they have PTSD, yet they may have some of the symptoms. Those symptoms include reliving the event, nightmares, emotional numbing, avoidance, being easily startled, and feeling irritated, among others. Veterans who have these symptoms for more than a 30-day period should be evaluated to determine whether they have PTSD.
  4. There are three main categories. The NIH breaks down PTSD symptoms into three main categories, which include reliving the event, avoidance, and arousal (e.g., anxiety, being paranoid, etc.). Each of these tends to disturb their day-to-day activity and life. Another aspect is that veterans may feel guilt about the event, or for being one who has survived it when others didn’t.
  5. There is help. There is help for those who have PTSD. Such things as having a good social support system, attending a support group, and desensitization treatment can be helpful in preventing and addressing it. Animal therapy is another effective treatment method, which involves getting veterans around animals, such as getting them a dog.

The group is making plans to visit military bases and pick up dogs of those soldiers who need help taking care of them while they are serving abroad. This is instrumental so they don’t end up in high kill shelters and can be adopted out or placed in foster homes. They have recently made stops at Fort Stewart and are soon heading to Fort Bragg.

Guardians of Rescue has a program called “Animals Helping People,” where they pair shelter dogs up with veterans suffering from PTSD or other psychological conditions. Army Corporal John Wallace is part of this program to help the soldiers. He teamed up with the organization after they sent him his beloved “Tommy” after he returned from the war. Together, they have helped transport 10 dogs from Afghanistan to the United States and have reunited them with the U.S. soldiers that cared for them during combat.

“Many times, soldiers rely on the dogs they find as their eyes and ears,” explains John Wallace. “But when the troops finally leave, the animals are just left to fend for themselves, and often become targeted. Reuniting these soldiers with the dogs they had while deployed is therapeutic.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. Many families are still struggling to recover from the storm, making it difficult to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

 

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