Recently, I learned of a wonderful new organization called Paws and Stripes. It is dedicated to pairing Rescue Dogs and returning Veterans with various disabilities and impairments that are a result of their service to the United States. It then provides for the training of both the four- and two-legged members of that pair until they become a strong Service Dog/Companion Partnership. Regardless of your position on the military activities of this country, these men and women deserve an opportunity to re-enter society. As the website says; "Paws and Stripes strives to bring peace and normalcy to the lives of our nation's heroes and see that homeless dogs not only find a loving home, but a new purpose in life."
Not only does this organization provide loving and dedicated animals with a great home and an amazing job, it also helps some very deserving men and women to heal, gain strength, and regain confidence and independence. Yes, the earth is crying out but so are many men and women who have experienced trauma and tragedy in the service of the United States. As a witch, I honestly believe that it is not just my responsibility to care for Mother Earth, but to also care for everything on Her. Paws and Stripes addresses two very important issues (canine overpopulation and disabled Veterans) and provides a wonderful solution to these difficult problems.
This may be a shameless plug, but who cares! Take a look at this great organization. If you have a Disabled Veteran in your family, or if you know of someone who does, PLEASE tell them about Paws and Stripes. It may be the best thing that you ever do for them and will be a wonderful way of thanking them for everything that they have sacrificed for their country and its citizens. The cause is awesome and the trainers they are using are fabulous!